You say you want to show me something, but won't say what. We drive in silence, the sky is a strange mix, somehow light and dark at the same time. We come to a body of water, calm, clear and dazzlingly blue, azure, sapphire, and turquoise all at the same time. You stop the car with the wheels in the water and tell me to get out. I take off my shoes and roll my pant legs into cuffs below my knees. When I open the door I feel as high as if I was sitting in a monster truck instead of our sedan. I point my toes, slowly sliding down, until I am standing in the tranquil blue water. “It's warm,” I say, but there is no one to hear. You are gone and I am alone. The sun sets suddenly, like a light switch turned off, but I am not afraid. The water is still azure, sapphire, and turquoise as it slides against the navy sky. Enveloped in blue, I am at peace. I want to stay here forever.
~Elise Skidmore ©2020