My eyes were closed but I could see with such clarity.
The realm I was in was strange, but felt as normal as home.
We strolled up stream, ankle deep in the treelined river.
Flotsam drifted past us gently, as we talked happy nonsense to each other.
Then suddenly a shadow flows by on the current, and drags me down with urgency and violence.
Its body has form but no features.
It is a shadow, but is tangible.
I am under water, deeper than the stream we were walking down. I am not afraid. Even though this form has taken me suddenly and urgently.
Then she speaks.
I say she, as the voice in my ear was a females.
My eyes shut and I see. My ears closed and under water, yet I hear her voice as clear
Her urgency is gone as sudden as it came.
As she speaks, its as though she now has all the time in the world.
The voice is unfamiliar. Yet I know who this is before she say’s a thing.
‘I am alright..., I am alright,... everything is ok. Tell them everything will be ok.’
The words had such melody that it sooths me into a trance like calm.
Above the surface I feel my other hand being pulled back, and the shadow releases me with gentleness.
I am pulled above.
My love asks me where i've been. It's been a while.
I tell her quickly, and it makes her smile.
We carry on our walk in the shallow stream, until I wake and tell my love all over again.
‘She is alright, everything will be ok.’
The first in a while.
Perhaps today will be a better day.