High Jump

Pacing quickly to and fro,

Never have I jumped from so

High a place as that before.

Seeing it, my heart’s a roar.


If I dare to take the leap,

What’s the worst that I could reap?

I could miss the diving board

And have to flee the laughing horde.


I might fall and hit my head,

Where all could see the tears I shed.

Or worst of all, the belly flop

Could leave my stomach red on top.


Then again my vault up high

Just might launch me in the sky.

Now I’ll do it just in spite

‘Cause all the risks are worth the flight!


Dr. Sarah Steinbacher

Sarah Steinbacher (she/they) is a disabled nonbinary author and poet who lives in South Carolina USA with her spouse, three children, three cats, and a tortoise. A former national curriculum writer with an Ed.D. in education, she enjoys writing children’s books that don’t shy away from life’s ups and downs. She’s a 2023 PB Rising Stars Honorable Mention and #KidLitZombieWeek winner. Her poems can also be found at The Dirigible Balloon and Tyger Tyger. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahSteinbac11, on Instagram @SarahSteinbacherWrites, and on her blog at https://sarahsteinbacherwrites.blogspot.com/