early morning hours bristle with
sharp blue spread above the ridgeline.
wind blows clouds away
to see through eight o'clock a.m. mist
find the line.
skin strips from skull
revealing muscle, tendons
underbelly not protected by bone.
the wind rush is
steel sky pierces
bones keep structures intact for the most part,
their soft tissue dampens impact
from each jump, each turn to the
turn around to the deafening roar of the event
only heard in your
heart pound quietly while exhaling
cold wind from lungs
along the edge of the circle.