A Bed of Leaves

I fell upon a bed of leaves, wondering. How did I end up here? Once, I was a man of stature–a man of wealth. But now, my knees were in pain and my back upon this bed of browned leaves. Oh, to what force do I thank?

When I got up, my back was relieved. I was there for quite some time. A woman approached me, dressed in white, extending her hand to me, a smile upon her face:

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

I closed my eyes, held my chest, then reached out for her hand, for that is what she told me to do. I could see little specks of green within the sightless world. I followed the specks until they whisped away and then opened my eyes, only to find my back against the bed of leaves.

I got up again, my back relieved, and saw the woman dressed in white.

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

I closed my eyes, held my heart, then held my own hands and found myself atop a mountainous peak. There were eagles and wolves all around, an icy wind that brought me to the ground. Suddenly, a tower of stone rose from the abyss and extended beyond the heavens, rattling the earth.

I held my heart and a light did shine, but the wolves and eagles did begin their advance. When they attacked, I closed my eyes, afraid of how I was destined to die. But then, again, I opened my eyes and found myself against the bed of leaves.

Confused and afraid, I saw again the woman dressed in white.

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

Unsure of what to do, I kept my eyes open, kept my senses alert, and took the woman’s hand, finding myself inside the tower of stone. Inside was the woman of white, who spoke not a tongue and instead was fast asleep.

I walked to her and reached out my hand until she awoke. When she did, she gasped and closed her eyes, her hand against her breast, and I awoke against a bed of leaves.

Irate, I rose again and saw the lady dressed in white once more.

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

Instead of heeding a word she said, I walked away and made my way home. Everything seemed fine, at least for a while more. Until the time that I went to bed, I closed my eyes and went to bed, and awoke against a bed of leaves.

My mind was mad, I wanted no more. The woman in white, I did not wish to see her again. So, when she reached out her hand and said,

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

I shot my arms towards her, but instead toward her throat and wrapped it around until her breath was still. The world was the same, I was the same. However, as I watched her decay, my body slowly began to rot.

I tried to run, so far away, but nothing could end this disease.

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

I closed my eyes, held my heart, and reached out for someone else’s hand, hoping for this hell to end. And before I could see naught but black, a hand did reach for me and it’s fingers I did grab.

“Fear not this world, for it is new. You are me, and I are you. What you see is what is not, but what is not is what it is. Take my hand and open your heart, and then take your heart and close your eyes.”

And I woke against a bed of leaves.

Posted In:

Leave a Reply