a leap for life
for some is a literal
bullet dodged, or a grenade avoided

but for you a leap for life
is a mere plane flight.
a ticket purchased
such that life blood can stop being
clotted at the source

and with new oxygen flowing to the brain
hope arrives and strikes you
startling you like the bullet would
had it made an impact on the other
for whom that life-giving leap was not metaphorical
and struck by hope, you’re taken aback
and furious that you stalled — knowing the steps required for forward momentum, for life, and not taking them.

new life, a change, bought cheap, rearranged;
sometimes one leap’s too short for “in”, but never-wager folks don’t win