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Relaxed after reading
I closed my book.
My eyelids follow
and there appeared stairs.

I began to descend
step after step.
The light of my lantern
bounced off the quartz
embedded in the walls.

I blinked my eyes
and a draft of air,
a repeating echo,
swept me away...

across an ocean
and an ocean beyond
across outer space
across time itself ...

There appeared ahead
a high raised place.
I stood on a mountain top
and surveyed all around me:
enchanted woods
in front of blue mountains,
and a sky full of stars
peeping in the day.
Flocks of birds flying,
and calling down to herds
grazing together
around the water;
bleating and mooing
in a joyful noise!

And though mild weather,
snow began to fall
so heavy and fast
I couldn't see.
It blinded my view
and swept me away ...

Now on a tower
high over a city.
People moving about
in every direction
like ants on a hill;
busy and happy,
honking and chatting ...

I felt I could fly
and lifted away.
A draft pulled me up.
I followed the current
into a cloud ...

I awoke on a sea
as vast as the sky.
A breeze softly blew
like a melody.
"Ahoy! Ahoy!
sailors and fishes!
Come out! Come out!
Let me take a gander."
Seabirds squawking,
sails snapping,
I laughed and laughed ...

A wave came on board.
Salt in the water.
I rubbed my eyes
as a stout tide
gave a tug
and pulled me away -
riding the crest ...

I came to a halt
and opening my eyes
cliffs all around me
of red red iron.
I'm riding an asteroid
through busy space.
Constellations formed.
More lights appeared.
The voids filled up.
Music swelled.

I now stood in front
of a great wall of light.
Looking up to see
if I could spot the top,
I raised my hand
like it held a lantern.
And raised it again,
and raised it once more,
and fell back asleep ...

My book on my lap
in my comfortable chair,
a reading light humming
above my head,
a clock softly ticking ...

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