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How To Skydive Without A Parachute

by Ian Hollyer

Once you realize that both pull strings are broken, it’s best not to panic.
Yes, you’re falling at 176 feet-per-second, but try and take a deep breath (even in the scarce oxygen).
Screaming may seem appropriate, but try and restrain yourself. It only makes you look insecure.
Instead, notice how the morning light plays on the emerald hills below.
Feel the sun warm your neck, and the wind scrambling your hair.
Even with all that air rushing by your eardrum, try turning your head.
You might even hear the faint wisp of a church bell from the valley.
Try tilting your face upward to the clouds, and see how the rising light burns their edges pink and red.
Take in the freeness. Close your eyes, imagine, this is probably what an eagle feels like!
And don’t over-think it. Remember,
it’s not every day you get this kind of view.

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Ian Hollyer is a scientist by training, and uses the creativity of poetry and fiction writing to balance the concrete nature of his research in molecular biology. When not in the laboratory, Ian enjoys reading and writing fantasy stories. He currently lives in Boston, MA.