A deep brackish blue light filtered in through the curtains next to my bed crawling across my closed eyes. I let my head remain, resting on my pillow. Perhaps I could fool the world in to believing I was still yet asleep. Nudges came in thunderous pains, lightening strikes to the brain. I knew I was awake, that was enough.
In all night diner, I found my hands full of a ceramic cup filled with coffee topped with cream in the design of a mountaintop I had yet to climb. Desires awoke in me, spoke to me; whispered really. They never yelled. Never. Except to run. I hated them all. Weaklings all of them.
I slapped myself hard then. Sitting there in the crowded diner, coffee in hand with my mountain in a cup.
I yelled out loud, “I am not a ghost!”
Then I left a dollar tip and got up and left to stares and murmuring all around. I was their talk of the day.
I broke into a run down the sidewalk. If anything I was going to own the running. Fuck the illusions, fuck the dream. Fuck the quicksand of doubt. Ever forward…running.
Just find the rhythm of me. Left, right, left, right…pick them up…put them back down. Running towards it, not away…no matter the pitfalls.
“Viva la Vida” played as I ran by a outdoor bar, then I heard an old woman humming “Cest Le Vie” as she fed the pigeons in the park.
Well fuck, the Universe seemed to be noticing me. For good or bad? I guess we’ll see
As my feet suddenly left the ground to go running amongst the stars.
by Philip Wardlow 2017