Edge of The Abyss

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“If you look too long into the Abyss, the Abyss looks into you”  Frederick Nietzche

I stand,

teetering.

Toes, curl over edge-

I peer down,

gazing

into  darkness.

Fear pushes from behind,

I reel back

catch my balance

turn back, glaring

Muster from within

strength.

I crouch

seeking security

lean on palms,

look long,

into the abyss

wondering…

Do I dare?

Will I become

darkness or glory

in the descent.

©Dawn Paoletta

Sharing with dVerse for Open Link Night– a glorious night for poets of all persuasions!

photo credit: fiddleoak via photopin cc

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shanyns
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 14:59:27

    This could be one of your best poems ever. The close is so powerful. You rocked it girl, totally rocked it!

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:23:17

    What a wonderful realization.. staring into the abyss.. isn’t that what we need to do sometimes? face it? even dare to go there?… I love the word abyss.

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  3. brian miller
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:27:36

    whew…what a last question….hopefully our intentions are honored when we take that step…instense piece…perhaps faith makes a difference when we take that step eh?

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  4. claudia
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:35:22

    that is a cool quote – and it happened to me once literally – on an abseiling event – i went last and the longer i stared down the worse it got..it stared back..yep

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  5. mdoallas
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:52:29

    Your form mimed the looking down. Interesting that you present a choice: darkness or glory.

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  6. Mary
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:15:39

    Quite a question….darkness or glory…one would hope for glory. But it would take a lot to make that leap of faith, especially if one didn’t know until one jumped.

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  7. Gabriella
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:15:42

    Very vivid poem, Dawn! I enjoyed the way you expressed the attraction to the abyss, both repulsive and tempting.

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  8. scotthastiepoet
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:19:14

    Hiya Dawn, good to be here… That quote from the man himself has always stuck in my mind too and your piece here is pretty perfect… With Best Wishes Scottt

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  9. Sharp Little Pencil
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:34:42

    Dawn, your echo of Nietzsche is haunting… staring into the abyss, indeed. You are brave to teeter on the edge; I am always wary I’ll be swallowed up. An exquisite poem, my dear.

    Thanks for youor kind words at my blog, too! Amy

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  10. Grace
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:41:03

    I like that quote from Nietzsche ~ We will never know until we dare to jump & try it, don’t we ~

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  11. wolfsrosebud
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 19:17:41

    loved the picture… power in the words… so you weren’t kidding with your comment on my blog… LOL

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  12. Morgan
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 20:09:20

    I’ve always loved that Quote and you ve paired it with a perfectly marvelous poem! Remarkable 🙂

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  13. katiemiafrederick
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 22:12:04

    i looked at the abyss..and ran as fast as i could..
    and no longer could move my feet or hands..
    i lay still..and paper felt..no longer feeling..
    pain .. or even weight between the sheets…

    The death of abyss..is a long way home..
    but hope for bliss..
    is always just.. a now..
    oneforevermore…as
    NOW..the truth thank GOD.

    is not abyss…
    forevermore once again
    IS BLISS IS
    NOW

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  14. kamana
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:21:04

    powerful ending

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  15. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 10:28:03

    Great questions, darkness or glory. Makes me wonder about ascent.

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  16. Tina Downey
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 10:43:20

    I’m staring into my own abyss right now. (I agree with Björn – great word). Feel like just free-falling, but will perhaps wait. Maybe this too shall pass.
    Lovely capture of exactly where I am right now. Thank you for that.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  17. tigerbrite
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 10:47:23

    A stunning poem and similar in subject to my own. You don’t have to jump, it’s not a pleasant place, there is way over through Daath 🙂

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  18. hisfirefly
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 18:18:16

    glory
    in His hands!

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