The primordial Fall,
                                      and its failure—

Trip over an uplifted concrete slab, inertia driving me forward
and down to the street,
                                                     hands splayed, half breaking the fall.

a young girl falls from a wall. i run there and find her gripping its ledge. She screams, "I can't hold on!" i run down steps to grab her legs dangling a few feet off the ground, and ease her down.

I rise, palms skinned, knees bleeding beneath torn pants, hands blueswelling, fingers hyperextended.


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