Elope

When was the night we decided
To wed the void below the bridge
And kiss the river in the mouth?

Let us start a new life, you said,
By ending another — love,
The certainty in your eyes

Back then was strong
Like this bridge. Look at me
Before we leap, and now

Your tears tell otherwise. Answer,
Which fell first: the emotion
Or the conviction? Fear

Like our bodies on the edge
Of this concrete, teeter,
Pulls us back and not down

And I say hurry, love, the water
Is waiting, or don’t tell me
You’ve forgotten how to jump?