Saturday, March 18, 2017

Prompt: I'm afraid of ending.

"I'm afraid," I wheezed into the dark room, barely louder than the machines tirelessly pumping air and blood and medicines to keep me alive.
She turned her head, resting her cheek on the sheet next to my hip. She couldn't hold my hand or lie next to me anymore. The slightest pressure tore tissue and broke bones. I pushed my hand closer to her head and slipped my fingers into her hair. That didn't hurt. Much. 
"I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid of ending. Being dead. Confined in a box and buried in the earth. Or burned." I shuddered.
She nodded silently, rubbing her head gently against my fingers. 
"I don't know what's going to happen next. I hope my spirit or consciousness will stick around to haunt you, baby girl."
She smiled, a slight twist of the lips that once laughed so freely.
I huffed once and felt the choking threaten deep in my chest. I stilled and focused on even breaths so I wouldn't tear my lungs up any further. 
"But I promise you, whatever I might be after this body dies, I will never. Ever. Want to be in it again."
She did laugh then. And cried. She nestled her head against my hip and closed her eyes, humming the lullabies I used to sing to her every night. 
"Come away with me in the night..."
I closed me eyes and felt her voice on my skin, sliding down my ears. 
I would miss this. Living. 


And so, with a loving heart, I offer you
I’ve heard many translations. Here’s my favorite:
The light of the universe that shines within me recognizes
the light of the universe that shines within you.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

New post on TheMillionWords.Net: Paying attention to personal sensory and emotional experience

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Don’t just ride the rollercoaster–Pay attention to how it makes you feel! is a shared blog about our journey to become great writers. Join us as we talk about writing advice and our own experiences.