“Jump! Jump!” / Memorable Fancies #2107

He jumped from the fifty-ninth floor, desperate at losing wife and children, fortune, then friends. After the first terrifying seconds, flung like a father’s oops-a-daisy with nothing beneath but air, he calms. There below: the unfortunate sidewalk about to receive him. The cop talking into his shoulder or waving his arms. The crowd gathering, looking upward then down at the sidewalk, dodging the immanent gore. People he once knew saying “how tragic” “how young” “why didn’t we know?” “we could have…” “Jesus what a shame” – vowing not to let their own lives turn out like that, but underneath, sensing a way for them – a way – out.

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