Scared of Heights
You think you are carrying someone,
but really you are being carried.
Their hands, your ropes. Your body,
their trapeze. Are you scared of
heights because you don’t trust yourself
not to plummet off a cliff.
To dive better, jump on a board atop
a spring. Jumping from higher up
will make you fall faster. The water
will catch you. Or the lifeguard
with the little-boy face and the body
of a fireman. Catching can be
violent, think of how we snag fish
and fling them into our boat,
our air. Their world is wet, and up here,
we’re dry. In North America,
when it is cold, as it is now, it is warm
in Australia. Temperature is a
symptom of being sandwiched together
and spinning, a yo-yo gripped
and pitched, returning with equal force
to what has thrown it.