Once we’d meet in a world untouchable,
Unreachable by the fastest of ships.
A land with no bounds, no rules, no reality;
Yet you were real, I was real, and our souls intertwined
In that cosmic realm that we call dreams.
Once I stood strong at the edge of my cliff,
A sea parting me from the edge of your own.
The thundering waves beneath were to us, so placid;
We could see, we could feel, but no sound would propagate
Yet you would awaken with my whisper upon your tongue.
Once I would leap from rooftop to rooftop,
In search of your arms, your touch, your smile.
In the depths of the caves I would find you in waiting;
The moment I’d longed for, so surreal it would seem
That finally the journey had ended, we were home.
Once I awoke from a dream in my dream,
Finding us together in a room filled with light.
We were whole, we were one, together at last;
The purity of our union, bathed in the illumination of deep devotion
A lifetime cherished in those moments of peace.
Once I was broken, just a vessel called ‘Me’,
You were gone, so I died, and yet still I breath.
I may not live, but survive as the undead clutch to hope;
Each grain of the sands of time teasing at my existence
As my every wound heals but scars me for eternity.
Now I awake from a long and dreamless sleep,
Into a dream in which you return in a search for repentance.
I run to you not, instead, I flee – I soar higher;
A double edged knife slides passed to cut us both
For my realisation of freedom means I have now let you go.
…Once upon a dream, you haunted my nightmares.
You now have no power in my realm.
© Naziyah Mahmood, 2014.