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Topic: River (08/31/06)
TITLE: The Secret World Beyond the River
By Debbie Sickler
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Fully clothed, I jump in.
My body sinks down below any depth Iíd ever imagined a river to hold. I press on, despite the pressure to my lungs and discover a cavern. I swim on. The breath Iíve been holding finally escapes me. To my amazement, I find I no longer need it. Iíve entered into a world nearly indescribable. My eyes take in new plant life and fish of colors a rainbow or sunset would envy.
Suddenly, I hear a voice, a manís voice, calling out to me. Swishing my arms about my sides, I turn and see him. He is far more brilliant than any other thing discovered in this place. Light seems to be emitted from this glorious being; Iím drawn to him inexplicably.
He continues speaking to my heart with a mere look; actual words are not needed here. Itís as though he knows my very soul. I feel unworthy to even be in his presence.
The other creations seem almost reverent of this man as well. Itís as though we all know there is nowhere we would rather be than here, with him.
He gently places his hands on my own and I look upon his face fully for the first time. Pure love shines on his face. He lifts his hands upwards and I begin to rise. He releases me and I float out of his world, back into mine. His image fades from my view, yet the tenderness and love I felt in his presence lingers.
I step back onto the sandy bank in awe of what has just happened. The strange world and all that it held, remain secret. I tell no one of the magnificent being, for fear they will scoff at me, unable to see what I have seen, beyond the river.
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