I Watched Her Jump Today


“Jump,”
The voice told her,
“Jump. Nobody loves you,
Would miss you.
Nobody would care.”
So, she stepped to the edge,
And
Jumped.
I watched her jump today.

I watched them clean up her broken body,
Her classmates looking on in shock.
“Why?”
They gasp,
“How could she?”
But they didn’t really know her.
I watch as the teacher carefully picks up the
Paper that sits on the desk she used to use.
Space she would use no more.
It doesn’t feel right,
but
I watched her jump today.

I watched her friends self-destruct.
They missed the flags,
The missed the signs.
How could they be so blind?
Her best friends
Cry the hardest.
They didn’t realize she had gotten so bad.
I watched her parents fall,
Clutching pictures of her to their chests.
Another funeral,
Another life gone too soon
Their little girl;
Gone forever,
Never to smile at her mother and father again.
I watched her jump today.

I watched her boyfriend sink to his knees
When he heard the news.
He loved her.
He thought they’d be together for years,
Not weeks.
He’s lost and broken,
But
I watched her jump today.

I blink.
It all fades away.
They love me.
They would care.
They would be broken.
I did not watch her jump today,
For I am her
And I defied that voice.
I did not watch her jump today,
For I took a step back from the edge.

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