As I was packing up my stuff, getting ready to move on down the hill and into the mists I heard the slightest sound, soft, like a feather brushing my skin.  It was Angaewen, rising up, or so it seemed, and her message?

Well, her message was this:  “No more hiding. It is time to be seen.  I shall be with you every step of the way whether you are aware of my presence or no, I will be there.”

She smiled, stepping away, leaving me to get on with gathering my belongings.  I didn’t  think about what she had said – I wasn’t sure what she meant.  No doubt all will become clear soon enough.

Time to get moving.  Walking down the hill felt very odd … as if I were ascending.  I knew that wasn’t possible yet it seemed so.  The vegetation too was getting more and more dense the further on I went, yet the path stayed completely clear – not even a rock or clod of earth to mar it.  Although the physical sensations were strange I felt extremely calm, the more I progressed the calmer I felt.  I could hear rustling in the undergrowth as on the way up, the sound of birds singing surrounded me – just like any other days walk in the green, except, except there was/is something – something, I don’t know what, something I can’t express, nothing wrong per se, just,  something not quite right.  Probably my nerves acting up again.  I and this place seem to be full of contradictions.

Deep breathing now – I am approaching the bottom of the hill – the path leads me onwards.  I follow.  As I reach level ground again I look up.  Bizarrely I can see the edge of the mist above me – way, way above me.  It is not as if the mist starts gradually, there is an abrupt and clear-cut beginning.

I walk on.  Almost imperceptibly the surroundings change.  Yes, it is as verdant and yes, the birds are as much in evidence as before, yet it is different.

About Jill An artist inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the ‘inner’ worlds I have inhabited in the past, present and future; also those of other wanderers I meet along the way.
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4 Responses to Descent

  1. Linda D. says:

    Intriguing 🙂 And very mysterious!!!

  2. vivian says:

    I got a feeling of what you´re saying imagining myself walking down a hill and…ascending! 😉

  3. cicadiaxiii says:

    I could hear the birds and feel the cool undergrowth. Very descriptive and mysterious.

  4. Dreamlike and powerful. The rich details really help to take us there!


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