brings an arm to shield her sight.
Looking into the
faces crushing about
reveals they see nothing.
Pulsations travel through the soil
moving her being.
A tingling sensation progresses from
her feet, to her knees, to her center.
Blood is afire as it surges through
her veins making the roar
audible to her alone.
Lungs freeze in expansion.
The heart stills as the
its upward journey.
There is no pain.
There is no fear.
There is only being.
The eyes once stung by
the radiance now adjust as
the energy fills them
Her eyes see…everything.
The throngs continue in
They are shrouded in
darkness, yet appear happy.
Nothing has changed for them.
They are happy.
Exhaling, she realizes she had
been holding her breath.
Form after form becomes
tangible in the light.
The colors are brilliant and
hold a depth she has never
The air is crisp and dew
droplets cling to the
vegetation growing in lush control.
A small, unfamiliar sound
tickles her ear. Looking about
her eyes find its maker. A small,
red-haired fox. A kit, alone but
unafraid of her approach. It was mewing.
Calling for its mother or siblings, she thought.
Scooping it up, she knew she had
never felt such luxurious softness.
It’s eyes looked at her with interest
but began its mewing again when she
failed to produce the familiar scent its
mother owned alone.
The plants before her parted.
The dame had found her lost kit.
There was no tension between the
three. The mother simply came up
and plucked the kit from the woman’s hand.
Then it disappeared into the foliage.
Perhaps she was sick,
lying in the hospital with fever?
Maybe she was dead!
Regardless of these thoughts,
she felt nothing but peace.
The mutterings of those
milling about the edge of the light
was indistinct chatter. Although
fascinated by this fact, her attention was
drawn back toward the place she
“Take my hand, child.”
A voice so melodic commanded
with gentle strength.
Every cell tingled at its sound.
What a glorious sensation!
She accepted the extended hand
and felt her entire being
radiate with power. It was
as if every good thing her senses
had ever recorded was
being felt all at once.
Waves of glorious sensation
made her want to hold this hand
Once upon her feet, he released her.
Eyes spilling their joy,
she looked upon his face with
He heard the questions of her
heart but only offered a smile
of knowing in return.
Once her tears stopped
spilling and her
“This is a veil separating you
from the purity and
love I used to create existence.
Your mortal self will not be
permitted to tarry.” his voice
caressed her senses.
She could only listen as
her entire being was captivated
by the love emanating from
that beautiful voice.
“Daughter, you have been
called to walk between the
light and darkness.” a soft
sadness caressed every word.
“Some of my children are so
lost they have accepted
the darkness as reality.” pain had
entered his voice and the sensation
upon her being was pure agony.
“Are you willing to help them?” he
asked motioning to the shadowed
throngs.”Some are so far away
from the light, they cannot see a pinpoint.
Some have so much pain they
have given up the search.
And still others are diligently
working to destroy.”
The pain in his words brought her
to her knees. The intensity
was searing her essence. He was
not inflicting it upon her,
she was experiencing
a ‘glancing blow’ of
his broken heart.
“Daughter, take my hand”, his words
ended her pain immediately.
His loved poured into her
as he grasped her hand.
“You must go,”
speaking with all authority.
“You are not alone.
I have called many to the path you
have been asked to walk.
Each of them have arrived upon
this path through different vehicles
but all who have been called know well
of hardship and pain.
Just as you, they have survived
with help from those, whom
I sent before you.
If you choose this task,
you must keep one foot in each realm.”
Each word he spoke
overwhelmed her due to the
sensations his voice caused and the
weight of their content. As long as
she held onto his hand, she was able to
endure it, but only… just.
She knew her answer and felt herself being
pulled back toward the edge… between.
As her fingertips held desperately to his,
she felt as if she were drowning
gasping for her final breath.
“Daughter, have peace. I am always
with you. Never will I leave you.
Others are already in place
to help you with this
most important task.
I love you my sweet,
I love all of you.”
At once, she felt others pushing
their way past her and the sound of
those selling their wares. Her eyes
focused and just when her mind
had begun to rationalize the experience,
A beautiful green and yellow butterfly
took flight. She watched its
as the sun shown brilliantly
through it’s veneer wings.
The stark contrast between its
beauty and the misery that abounded
all around was
“Everything…is different,” She
whispered. A broad smile graced
her countenance as she
took her first step toward