The Tragic Cliff
Everyone needs a place to escape the everyday complications of life. Life has its ups and downs and we all learn to deal with them in different ways. Some people use exercise to release stress while others find places to hide from the stress for short periods of time.
I found a place of relaxation hundreds of feet above everyone looking down. Right outside of town there is a cliff that overlooks the downtown area. There I feel as though I am above everyone and nothing could touch me. I feel comfort just knowing I can observe thousands of people below me, like looking at little ants through a microscope, yet no one can see me. Trees and bushes hover over me like a blanket giving me shelter. It's almost like playing God.
Although I haven't been to the cliff in quite a while, do to being so busy, I still remember the peace I received that I could never find. To me, the cliff was a place of memories, innocence, and free energy. In nature there aren't any rules, regulations, or right or wrong answers. It's a place of freedom!
My best friend and I used to go to the cliff and watch the noisy traffic below us and make many secrets, questions, and fears known. I believe we both developed a better understanding not only of each other, but of others as well. We could have spent hours just talking, laughing, and really feeling alive. What we really found hilarious and surprising was that Dubuque actually looked absolutely immaculate from such a height. We would never have guessed the difference in appearance just by looking downward on the city.
One of the first times my friend and I explored the cliff she found a ragged looking envelope with a dated letter of desperation in it. It was addressed to Whom it May Concern, and its contents were packed with problems, dreams, answers, and lies in a sing song pattern. We had to read it a couple of times to fully consume the poetry and figure out the words that were erased from the still damp paper. About three pages the poet went on about life in general. It really touched the both of us and after that,...