Solitude

Written by: Edmund Siejka

You feel alone
And can’t sleep
Another hour passes
Finally your close your eyes 
Dreaming of a place you’ve never been
At first you feel free
Arms swinging at your sides
Like a kid playing hooky from school
Just ahead is a
Worn path
A meadow is on your left
Fenced all the way
To where the land meets the sky
On your right is a forest
Dark green
Impenetrable
Quiet, not a living thing around
An unexpected breeze 
Brings a sudden chill
But you walk on.

You walk and walk
Until it becomes dark
The road
Becomes hard
You trip
And curse the darkness.

Overhead, now is a cold
Uncaring moon
Yet you begin to sweat
Feeling it run down your back
You’d gladly give your soul 
To catch a glimpse of something familiar
You really don’t know where you are
In the night what was once ordinary
Is now strange
Disoriented you finally realize 
That you’re lost.

You feel as though your heart will explode from your chest
An inner voice begs that the dream stop
Slowly you awake
To the sound of rhythmic breathing 
Someone is near you
A sense of relief
Envelopes you
In a warm cocoon
Of blanket, pillow and bed
Taking a deep breathe
You are grateful 
Not to be alone.