all indicators explained a motive
a rocky shelf, crags of decay,
unstable to the touch, delightful
in its visual splendor.
This is a place
we all know,
a safe higher ground
where time begins with a pause,
a reflection in that pool of despair.
When all the moments come together,
a flash of indecision,
a step toward …
and suddenly played aloud,
their laughter bouncing off the cliffs,
they peeked around the corner
to see the man on the ledge,
whispered to each other
while watching him walk back into the wood,
leaving only silent imagery.