Pushed Off

by Richard Williams

Dammit, that's not fair. I screamed all the way down, but not from fear, from anger. All I wanted to do was to look first, to see what it looked like, from fifty feet up. It was Navy Boot Camp, and we were having survival drills, with this one having to jump from a fifty foot platform into a tank of water, simulating having to evacuate from a sinking ship. You were told what you were about to do; but, if you hesitated, you were pushed. Like I said, dammit, all I wanted to do was look first - you didn't have to push.


Richard Williams is a World War II Vet, a coach, a teacher and writer, an artist and calligrapher, a current events and history buff, a book hound, and a music lover.