We All Fall Down

Dec 11, 2013

Falling_into_spaceDestined lightness of being, sometimes
a danger in the urban world,
or planet of intrigue, politics, economic
need where gargoyles fly at night,
and things go bumpity bump.

It’s a dance isn’t it?
Living on the planet, one gone
tilt where we all fall down,
and yet, century after century
we get up.
After the Fall.

Yeah, after the Fall it’s not
Original Sin anymore babe.
It’s lightness of being,
inherent nobility
where falling is just another word
for glide patterns in the air.



Copyright © “We All Fall Down” by Esther Bradley-DeTally
From You CarryThe Heavy Stuff ( ISBN 978-0-557-20933-0

E. Bradley-DeTallyI teach four six-week classes on writing.  My background training is from Oakley Hall, who was majestic novelist and teacher and co-director of Squaw Valley Workshop, and also from Jack Grapes, whose name is whistled in freeway corridors like a slick wind, a pied piper of a writing teacher.  Both of these men earn my verbal praise every day.  I have traveled from Moscow to Siberia, and to Ukraine, and then returned with my husband to live in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Minsk, Belarus.  I studied writing methods at UCIrvine, and also took several courses under a superb journalist, Joe Bell.

I teach a class on Tuesdays at The Women’s Room, a place that leaps with great words and giant hearts.  The women are either volunteers, homeless or in transition, and it is a great place of support.

On Monday nights, I teach in the basement of  Ten Thousand Villages, near California and Lake, from 4:30-6 p.m., for donation.  That, plus a few on-line gigs and tutoring gig, plus Baha’i activities and commitment to racial justice, keeps me busy.  I have a novel in the second draft process. 

Esther has written two books, Without a Net: A Sojourn in Russia and You Carry the Heavy Stuff. Her blog can be found at

1 Response for “We All Fall Down”

  1. Mary says:

    I love the beautiful motion and light in this poem!



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