Weather rattled against the canopy overhead
And the branches whimpered and sighed in the wind,
Thick, brittle things like the arms and legs of innocent insects.
The sun was dipping low, its orange glow piercing
And disappearing between glimmers of growth.
Dust and dirt and grime and grit
All gathering together and becoming stronger
Like a storm brewing
Like a predator waiting
Like a God watching
Like a moment becoming.
From the sights of the trail, eyes level with snakes
And monkeys with ten arms and insects that can laugh,
You see all that you wanted
The very words whispered in your ear
That had been whispered for years since you were a child,
“Welcome to Mydinova,”
You take a deep breath and step forward.
The forest grows thick and dense with life,
Creatures and plants and trees
Even organisms too small for the human eye,
These await you and me,
You take me by the hand
You lead me in here blind.
But I smile with excitement,
We brew with curiosity,
We are brightened with delight,
We are golden amid the beauty.
“This way,” You exclaim and pull me by my hand,
And off we go, traipsing down a trail of pinecones and sand
And beyond the jungle of your imagination
Lies an opening of your creation
Endless rainbow meadows
A million dancing stars in the sky
Birds with a thousand wings and creatures with a hundred eyes
And they are everywhere and they are magnificent
And you cry out “oh, it’s wonderful!”
And we laugh and we smile
And descend down the trail into the open wild
The tap at the door wakes us.
“Dinner!” he calls but we stay there,
Lying like dead fish,
Two scrawny freckled kids
Holding hands, taking walks
Through the wild and limitless world
Of our imagination.
She called it.
It only ever existed in our minds
And now that she is no more,
Only my half is left behind.
Just once or twice,
One in a hundred days,
I’ll lie down on my bed in my small dark apartment,
And I’ll travel through the maze of forests and open plains
And I’ll find her there,
My oldest and purest friend.
She laughs, freer than anything we ever knew
And I smile, just for a small, brief and delicate moment,
I smile, once again.