to leap or not to leap

to leap or not to leap
that is the question
whether i’m sadder in the pond
should i miss my mark
or gladder where i am
alone in the dark
the land seems far
i can barely see its shore
but a lightning bug glow
illuminates the score
if i leap and fall short
what a fool i’d be
to give up my pad
or perhaps i’ll feel bolder
moving past what i had
i curl my toes
and spring-load my legs
take a deep breath
and give all my might!
a burst of fresh air
away, i feel free
and line up my spot
knowing if i miss
the leap’s worth a shot