I’m waling in a landscape
filled with glass. It glitters
like diamonds on the ground,
the sparkle from it like wishes
given form. They are blinding,
but still I look. While I gaze
into the light, I see a land
that I know well, see
a terrain that I’ve travelled.
It moves and shifts, the ground
never staying still for long,
the sky seeming to rush down
upon it like a turbulent sea.
“Don’t look too long upon that, now.”
A voice says. I look up and see a man,
his hair matted and dulled with soot,
smiling at me. He motions to the
glass upon the ground that holds
the familiar path, the one I know.
“It’s best not to dwell on where you’ve been. Only where you’re going.”
I look at him and try to
detect some sort of malice but
there is only kindness coming
from him. I motion towards the glass shards,
containing the ground that will not
remain in the same place.
It is a terrain that I know well.
“How do you know what is inside the light?”
He looks at me, his green eyes flashing
like two emeralds and holds his arms wide.
“I can tell from the way you are standing. You do not look like a happy man. Looking upon the light should fill you with joy, not despair.”
I walk closer to him and smell peppermint
and the scent of wild oranges.
“I’ve tried, I continue to try. But I trip, I fall, I get up again. I know the ground so well.”
“Ah!” He says. “But you get back up again.”
He bends and picks up
a handful of the diamond sand.
“That is your own light shining through. Your will is strong. Leave this place now. It is for the lost. You belong somewhere else.”
I find myself nodding in agreement,
wondering how he could see
inside of me so deeply.
“Who are you?”
He let out a laugh that sounded
like joy released and smiled at me.
“Does it matter? Do not dwell on what has been and what was. You are not the man you were. Focus instead on your own light and moving forward.”
The light from the glass
began to increase so that
it was brighter than the sun.
“It’s so beautiful.”
He laughed again and motioned at me.
“That is not the light from the glass. That is the light coming from inside of you.”
I looked down at myself and saw
that there were several points
along my body that were
aflame with light. That light
poured out of me and shone
brighter than the sun.
I let the glass shards fall
with a tinkle and placed my hand
over the light coming form where
my heart was. It was warm and there
was a vibration coming from it
that was like its own music.
The light grew brighter still
until it was all I could see.
“Walk forward and keep walking. Shine bright and keep shining. That is all there is to it.”
Then there was only whiteness and
the gorgeous hum of light
that came from within me.