Before the Leap by Bogdan Dragos

Man standing at the edge of a steep cliff and looking down as if ready to jump
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so this is it then

He stood by the margin of the ravine

looked down

took a deep breath

looked behind him

no shadowy figure reaching


no pale silhouette making stop motions

no apparition telling him to

not jump

Of course,

what the hell was he thinking? These

things don’t happen outside

of stories

Stories like the one he was reviewing

on his phone

while driving

with his pregnant wife in the passenger


the crash happened at

the moment he tapped send

and just yesterday he got a response

from the editor

saying it was a great story and they will

definitely publish it

There was no “Thank you” reply from him

just an “I’m sorry” and “I love you” on

his wife’s social media

before taking the leap


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan frames the guilt of a man in an eerie picture. The torment of being unable to undo the past. One careless move and the devastation caused by a car crash can only be imagined. A lot is left unsaid, but that’s the charm of Bogdan’s writing. I like the way the man’s written story is weaved in with his own life story. An unfortunate ending to both.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Wow, that’s a fantastic breakdown of what the poem is about.
      Thank you, Terveen! ( ๑>ᴗ<๑ )

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow. That’s a deep, suspenseful, and thrilling read, Bogdan. Well done.

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    1. -=≡Σ(((⊃゚∀゚)つ Thank you, Jeff! Much appreciated 🙂

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, Bogdan. My complete pleasure. 😊

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  3. I got goosebumps all over… a bit too close to home for me. 🙂

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    1. Oh thanks, I’m glad it had such an effect ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

      Also, I hope everything’s okay though ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

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  4. floweringink says:

    Intensely heart breaking.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you! (─‿‿─)

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Cassa Bassa says:

    Brilliant as usual BD!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Aw, thank you! ( ∩ˇωˇ∩)♡

      Liked by 1 person

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Great piece and a great reminder to us all just how dangerous it truly is to text and drive.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sheesh. Talk about convoluted…for little me…..However, well written usual

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    1. (っゝωᗜ)っ Oh, big thanks for checking it out, Don!


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