the forest dreams as she waits

Stars twinkling overhead. Wind was a little colder today than the day before. She sat outside the house, waiting, watching for the light to go out in the window. For someone to come in through the door.

Eyes becoming heavy. Head, dizzy just a bit before her head drooped down. Comfortable and warm, despite the whirling wind. She nodded off.

In her dream, she imagined far off voices. She heard laughter. Everything was blurry around the edges. Hands outstretched to her, swinging her around in circles. 

As she slept, the cooing of the guardian bird. The whistling of the drifting wind. The rustling of leaves.

And underneath it all, a set of footsteps, if you were to listen closely. Approaching closer and then, standing over her as she slept. A blanket placed around her shoulders.

Someone had been keeping their eye on her. 

From her sleep, she exhaled a breath of relief and turned her face to the softness of the blanket.

… 

from the stars to here

Piece by piece 

pieces of my soul, my being – a galaxy swirling into being 

this cloud of rainbow light

and i was like “huh? what’s happening to me?!” 

but i knew despite the discomfort that it was good

smiling faces with outstretched hands as i took my first steps

i didn’t know what to say so i just laughed, a chant upon the wind

my voice echoed to millions through the ages and once i blinked at you, you knew i knew what you knew

yes, little child, you are here now. don’t you see?

oh yeah, i do! i recognize this place but you’re new to me. who are you?

that’s a good question. i’m not sure that i know the answer but what i do know is that i can protect you, love you, comfort you — and i can show you some cool things too.

like what?

ah, but you gotta wait, gotta be patient…

even though it’s hard? 

even though it’s hard.

well i like it here anyway. i think it’s beautiful.

do you?

i made a star just for you. ee that one there? that is my gift to you for bringing me here.

…i’ve gotten a star as a gift before..

but you should know that i’m here to protect you and love you and comfort you and teach you too. i can do that even though i’m new here.

i don’t know what to say…

i meant to tell you a secret! 

what is it?

you know… you’ll know…

ohhhhhhhh

see now we have a secret together!

yes, we do!

the embrace that followed told me everything 

it told me who i was and where i’ve been 

it quieted every sadness i’ve ever held onto

shhh

it’s quiet time now