Magpie 29 – inspiration comes easy

this is my first magpie post, where the photo is the inspiration for the words….

our sanctuary was created before we ever laid eyes on each other.  long ago i knew you in my dreams and wondered when you would be ready for me.  back then i didn’t realize that it was also i that needed preparation. you dropped into my life and i felt something instantaneous.  it wasn’t that run of the mill bum-bum-BUMP of the heart.  you made me shut up and listen.  you held my attention.  you loved how i loved you.

last night i dreamed of our someday.  i had found my breathing space and you had found our new sanctuary.  every time i opened my eyes i was still awake, and everytime i held my breath i realized i was still alive.  you were real.  we were real.  we had slogged through the mud and been battered by storms and wondered about the upcoming seasons.  but when small moments added up and you took my hand for the first time, i looked over at you and i knew.

these days i gather fruit from the trees and tend to our vegetable garden and get domestic in ways i never could have imagined myself.  we run through the forest with our dogs and our little ones, laughing as we spend our days picking flowers and staring at bugs and wandering through streams in our bare feet.  we read stories and tell tales and lose ourselves in daydreams. it’s a simple existence.

but we have our days quite different from ordinary fairy tales.

you cover my eyes, grab my hand, and take me for a drive.  we both know the world is everywhere for us, and we don’t try to fit into any particular life.  we dip into the city as needed because you know i need to feel music around me and you like to watch me dance.  we are never far from the ocean because i know you feel the sea in your veins like i do.  it’s why i adore you…there is never clear definition of us yet i am never unsure about what we mean.  you love me.

there was that day we brought our little girl to this sanctuary and i looked up at you.  i could hear the wind rustling the leaves on the trees and felt your lips press against my forehead.  this is us, you said.  and i felt your smile spread across my face.

and i’d love to tell you about the happily ever after, but i just woke up to the sound of gunshots.  i’m pulling the sheets over my head, and quick, quick, trying to go back to that sanctuary.  inspiration comes easy.  you are listening, aren’t you?

  One thought on “Magpie 29 – inspiration comes easy

  1. August 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Nice write for first Magpie…and life does have two sides… we and our loved ones are i believe our only sanctuary…the world is pretty cold..bkm


  2. August 26, 2010 at 12:45 am

    We all seem to write about loss this time. Your ending was a surprise.


  3. August 26, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Wow, wow, wow! That was amazing! You have a very unique style of writing.


  4. August 26, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Shocking ending I was waiting for the loving kisses!


  5. August 26, 2010 at 3:54 am

    For real, or dreaming? Nice Magie.


  6. Tess Kincaid
    August 26, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Wonderful bit of writing. You know what I like best? This fabulous opening line! Welcome to Magpie. It's fun to have you!


  7. August 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

    great magpie!


  8. August 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    good dreamy write, which totally sets your reader up for that whallop on the end. Really good stuff, and welcome aboard,



  9. August 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Well written and I too loved the opening line! :o)


  10. August 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

    An interesting twist to the end of this story shows a good imagination at work. Carry on with more of the same…


  11. August 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Surely an unexpected twist at the end of this remarkable piece of writing! Nice read!


  12. August 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Very nice writing… Lovely story, the ending was a surprise… Well done!


  13. August 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Sanctuaries and happily ever afters and surprises like these words offer.


    My Magpie this week.


  14. August 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    your word flow like a river and i caught in the current and sent me over the falls there in the end…nice twist….brilliant magpie!


  15. August 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Wow Eg! This was something very special indeed! Lovely use of words here and so deep. Loved it!


  16. August 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

    ah- you got me! nicely done!


  17. August 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Awesome. Wasn't expecting the ending, which is what I love and made me holler “YES!” Extremely good first magpie….

    Here's mine


  18. August 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love the ending. A sudden, violent waking up from our dreams.
    I have too lived this. And you just want to get back to that sanctuary..or what you believed it was.
    It will be found again, though, but somewhere sturdier. Because it is always there, inside of us.


  19. September 1, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Your first effort? Beautifully done!


  20. Selma
    September 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Ah yes, the quest for home and sanctuary. I often have such dreams. I like how you communicated the comfort and serenity that would exist in your sanctuary. If only….


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