Inside of the dream,
we were walking in a valley.
There was cobblestone and grass
underneath our feet, flowers lining
the path we were on. As we walked,
we began to see others waiting
alongside the road. On either side,
there was everyone we knew,
all wearing white so that they shone
brighter than the sun above us.
I held your hand and felt your light
shining within mine so brilliantly.
Those that line the path are smiling,
radiant and joyful. I can feel the joy
inside of myself, radiating from inside of you.
As we walk further down the path,
I hear a woman’s voice break out in song;
it is lilting and beautiful and filled with light.
We walk towards that voice that fills me
with such happiness and hope
that it makes my spirit want to sing with her.
You clutch my hand tighter and I return the gesture,
knowing that my life is about to change.
You look at me and I can only see your light,
shining so brightly. I wake at that moment,
slowly, and look around me expecting to see
a valley filled with our loved ones,
still hearing that lilting song that called to me.
I turn and look at you, lying beside me
and I marvel at the changes that we have
made together, at the changes within me
since I met you. You have shown me such love
that you’ve taught me to speak
the unknown language of the heart.
I can feel the pages of the book that this is written on
fluttering inside of me as I try to find the words
to tell you what you mean to me,
as I try to encapsulate the emotion you evoke in me
into one word or one phrase. I lean close to you
and whisper “I love you” and hope it will be enough.
As we prepare to take that next step in our journey,
and continue down the garden path that I saw
inside my dream, I know that making that dream
a reality is the greatest gift you could give me.
Inside myself, I hear the fluttering of pages
and the lovely lilt of song.