Why Do We Fall?

We fall asleep.  We fall in love.  We fall to pieces.
Always a cliff’s edge, or that last stair waiting to trip us.
Falling asleep, we fall like angels, descending into a realm we can’t control.
Falling in love, we fall flat on our faces, we risk looking stupid, exposing our arses.
Falling to pieces?  We have fallen apart, jigsaws in the rain.
Why do we fall?
We fall asleep to rise in dreams.
We fall in love to stand up within it, to grow from our position on our knees.
We fall to pieces, fall apart and like Humpty Dumpty, slipped off his wall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Could never put us together again—
No.  We have to do that for ourselves.
Why do we fall?
We fall to rise,
To stand up,
To grow.

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