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Catharsis

by Oscar Duffy


We like to think of moments of

release, relief, revelation.

We find comfort in the moment of

changed fortune,

When the ef


fort seems worth it,

and the world around us

Responds to the questions we

pose it.


But what of the moment before?

The moment of no return,

The leap off the cliff,

The abyss,

Between a call and its response?


Catharsis


That’s what’s on the other side of the chasm.


Though let us take time to appreciate the jump,

The feeling of weightlessness,

Of no responsibility.


We can anticipate the landing,

Our feet on the hard floor,

Secure and poised to move forwards once again.


But it’s the preceding moments which allow

us to be at our freest.

The landing only means something by virtue of

The jump.




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