Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Theme Thursday: Flight

Oblivion awaits at the edge of the rocky promenade, the edge of the earth upon which I stand. Few stones slip with the settling of my feet, clattering down the face of the cliff, disappearing into the ink below. Midnight tapestry, dark with mystery unfurls across the sky, an audience of little twinkling eyes peers down at the lone traveler on the edge of the abyss, even the moon pales in the shadow of its gaping mawl.

Drinking in the night sounds, whispering winds, the chirup of crickets give way to the depths of solitary silence. Eyes strain to see the unknown. Expectancy, a heavy spice to the crisp air, invades my lungs, stirring the drumbeats of my heart. Now or never...Now or never....Now or never.

Deafening, the crunch and skritch, as I turn from the edge, staring back to the welcoming safety of city lights, in the distant valley. A warm bed, comforting friends around a worn lacquered bar table, routine...they beckon, a long sirens call to my soul.

Goodbye...

Resolute legs piston, plumes of dust rise on the air with each pounding footfall, until the last step throws me headlong into the murk beyond the precipice. Seconds stretch, hushing the howl that rushes passed in my descent, and I kiss eternity full on the mouth, Icarus reborn on invisible wings.

Brilliant, a flash of light invades my senses a split second before impact, only to be eclipsed by the embrace of liquid obsidian. Air pushes from my lungs, aching to return along the path of escaping bubbles...breaking surface I gasp...more alive than ever before.

Midnight cliff diving may just be the craziest thing I have ever done. A flight into the unknown that seems to last forever before the waves wrap you in their blanket. You can look at it, measure it, attempt it in the light, but in that last step you embrace the uncertaintity as you learn to take flight.

Kinda like faith.

Flight.

45 comments:

otin said...

I wouldn't cliff dive during the day into a 100 foot deep pool with a paramedic crew on standby! Oh us people of little faith! :)

Kris said...

Sometimes oblivion would be welcome...

subtorp77 said...

That's one big leap of faith, my friend! Nicely done :)

Jaime said...

midnight cliff diving? you could not pay me enough...

Jill said...

I did not know about Midnight Cliff diving and feel sure that it will NOT be on my bucket list!

Unlike Icarus you lived to tell the story!

Kinda like faith - flight

darsden said...

OH my stomach...feels like I am on a carnival ride...just at the reading of midnight cliff diving...

darsden said...

awesome writing by the way

The Things We Carried said...

Brian,

I would say a whole lot like faith!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Something I would NEVER attempt, but the buildup was wonderful!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Very impressive style of writing. And about faith, well, can I call this faith exemplified?

Colette Amelia said...

Brian you did it again! I wanted to save reading yours until I was fresh but just had to give it a read before I went to bed...I will return and catch up tomorrow for this one just makes me want to read more! Wonderful!

Maggie May said...

No way. Absolutely not.
You were very brave.

Goofball said...

night scuba diving is fun but I'll pass for any cliff diving though. Yikes.


It sounds like a scene of an American movie. Why American? Probably because we don't have as many cliffs in Western Europe :D

Alan Burnett said...

There is a craze for this kind of thing in the UK at the moment (not off cliffs but off piers and sea walls and the likes). It tends to get more popular after a large intake of alcohol. Faith is rarely rewarded in such cases.

Daniel said...

Liquid obsidian. Nice visual. Love the descriptors that lead me along your adventure. Felt like I was there with you, right up until the edge. That is when I would have waved to you and headed back to the welcoming lights. You take the road less travelled. I, opt for the way of the usual, the known, the safe.

Alix said...

Wow. I be loving this. Wasn't sure where you were going with it and had to pause to look up "obsidian," but the mystery was worth the wait.

Your writing amazes me.

willow said...

Kiss eternity full on the mouth...oh that's lovely.

WT used to cliff dive when he was in college in TN. I'll have to ask him if he did any of the midnight stuff.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

After you jump and before you land... -J

California Girl said...

ohhhhh, you had me! glad it wasn't a suicide. we have alot of them up here in the Great North. :)

Baino said...

A tough of the Thelma and Louise's there Brian! Now Midnight skinny dipping, that's a whole other scenario! And much more pleasurable. I know I'm such a namby pamby safe player!

Gaston Studio said...

More than a leap of faith, isn't it also a leap of daring? Lovely writing.

Betsy said...

Could never do it....that or skydive! ha!

Shadow said...

midnight cliff diving??? now if that doesn't get the blood pumping, nothing will...

Patrice said...

You just scared me witless!

Great piece of writing, nevertheless - and though I'd never do it in the dark, I can relate to the soaring off of a high place into the welcome of water.

AngelMay said...

I agree with otin. No faith here whatsoever. But loved your description. Please allow me to just live vicariously. That's breathtaking enough for me. Must say that I quite enoyed the "experience" and it was a good choice for the topic at hand. Well done.

VE said...

I would have done that in my twenties but I don't know that I would call it faith if I'd done it back then...I'd call it peer pressure and lack of better judgement. I've jumped off a perfectly good bridge for a 65 foot plunge before; but not at night. You've got me there, Brian...crazy...nice story.

Protege said...

Beautifully poetic. To surrender into the unknown... I have a very difficult time doing exactly that; although I believe in faith, I need certain control as well.
Midnight dive; just like skydiving, would not be anything I could do. Too much risking.
:)

Liza said...

"breaking surface I gasp...more alive than ever before"
Incredible.
"embrace the uncertaintity"
I'm trying everyday.
Thanks for this!
Happy tt.

Wings said...

Sometimes, waking up is the craziest thing I do.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Wow! That's gotta take some cajones! I can't even imagine cliff diving! Let alone in the dark!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I prefer to live vicariously through my friends with my feet firmly planted on the ground :-)
Great writing!

blueviolet said...

I've taken leaps of faith before, but that's one I wouldn't take!

e said...

Awesome writing...You can cliff dive for me anytime!

CatLadyLarew said...

I'm afraid I don't have enough faith to do midnight cliff diving! (Or any kind of diving for that matter.) An amazing piece of writing!

Tom said...

is it faith or insanity? Either way, what a rush!

Poetikat said...

You're a brave soul. I was expecting bungee jumping, but THIS! I salute you (with my fingers crossed).

Cheffie-Mom said...

Whoa! How exciting! Faith is ACTION!

Beth said...

Did someone push you?

:)

It must be the same feeling people have when they jump out of perfectly good airplanes.

You are brave!

Hit 40 said...

Wow! I agree with Otin. I would not jump off a cliff even with light. Although...

I bet I would have 25 years ago. I was kinda bad.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I was holding my breath the whole time I was reading that. Brilliant. But definitely something I'd be too chicken to do. :)

Dakota Bear said...

Diving, cliff diving, bungee jumping no they are definitely not on my to do list.

Its nice to watch but not my cup of tea.

JeffScape said...

Hellz, yeah! Jumping in the dark!

Dreamhaven said...

Wow, there is someone in sore need of a guardian angel. Great post

The Retired One said...

Not unlike falling in love, no?

On the flip side, if you did this, I admire your courage but so glad nothing bad happened. I have a best friend who's son (when he was 16) jumped off a cliff to dive during the day and hit his head and is paralyzed as a quadraplegic now. It is not a safe sport.

lettuce said...

this really communicates the rush and the feeling
wow