“The Ledge” at Willis Tower, Chicago

To step from the concrete
floor to one of glass
and see beneath my feet
the moving cars, to pass

so quickly from solid to air
and float above the city,
to trust the brackets, enter
weightlessness from gravity

and leave the tower behind
with worry yet relief,
to stand up here and find
less doubt than belief

and know the soul before
my body must step back,
to momentarily hover
between faith and fact.

Elise Hempel

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