Leap of Faith
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Written by
Akosua Biraa
January 2015
Contributor
Written by
Akosua Biraa
January 2015

“Make the jump:” these words did not so much flash across Rita’s mind as course through her trembling body, teetering on the cold stone ledge. Rita had been plagued with a sensation of prescient doom for many days since it all came to a head on that nondescript morning in March. But those heavy thoughts were not to darken her existence any longer. Rita’s mind was clear – crystal one might say – while the sensation of her lavender flowered skirt pattered against her legs due to a gentle breeze that belied the gravity of the situation. But for that minute encounter with nature, by her handmade garment (courtesy of Laura Ashley), all else was surprisingly still at those grand altitudes. Rita’s mind was the still most of all; devoid of intent, angst, anguish, and the noisy noise of demanding oh so many whys from a carelessly cruel universe. For once in her short and shoddy life, Rita had become sheer stillness; in breathing, in panting, in whimpering, in feeling. In fact what began as a quivering before a leap out of faith had become a certainty of being. This was the way it was meant to be at the end. This was for sure the way forward. And for once, because that is all it takes, the once, this was her opportunity to fly out of a puny existence. So absent of hesitation, she did so -- with the alacrity of freedom.

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