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Sea Mother
By Gwen Dickerson
Friday, September 08, 2006

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The following is not exactly a story -- it's a fragment of a dream.

The sea envelops me, caressing me while evoking memories of fact and myth, tales of adventures, sea creatures and pirate's treasure. Sea denizens approach, surround and inspect me, then quickly loose interest and retreat, continuing their journey as I sank down, down, down, free falling as the cold, dark waters amplify the humming sound in my ears.

I am strangely aware of my approaching destination of sea floor area, that of sand, rock and cave, being somewhat familiar with this habitant, as if I've been here many times before. I feel an inner peace, as if I were returning home. Time seems irrelevant and I am unaware of how long I have been holding my breath. My consciousness wavers as I drift in and out of clarity.

Suddenly, I'm transformed into a hungry, powerful barracuda searching for a meal. With one fast gulp I devour a large fish -- all except its tail which sinks amidst the bloody water -- for but only a second, before another of my kind consumes it. My hunger is yet unsated, thus I continue my search for more prey.

Within the blink of an eye, I become a tiny, terrified crab hiding in a shell, burying myself deep within the sand amongst sea vegetation. I barely escape the tentacles of a hungry octopus as it searches in vain for me.

I transform again and slowly become a bed of kelp dancing upward toward the sun's reflection which glistens on the water's surface. Tiny fish and seahorses dart playfully amongst my lower leaves while my upper leaves lie on top, floating rhythmically, enjoying the life enhancing energy of the blazing sun.

I'm further transformed into a mermaid sitting amongst beds of coral as I play with abalone shells and an open pirate's chest with loot of encrusted doubloons, jewelry and other such human treasures. The iridescent glimmer of the scales on my lower body glisten like mesmerizing gems of beauty and showcase my huge magnificent tail, which I fan to and fro as I sing a strange mating call. I pause, waiting expectantly -- listening for a reply.

Alas, I am now, the mighty sea itself! The mother of all its inhabitants! Such a wondrous feeling, such an exhilarating and powerful one, I have never experienced before. A deep overwhelming sense of joy consumes me and I am utterly astounded as I feel as if I hold all of my "sea children" within the core of my being.

Suddenly, an alarm of panic registers within my brain. My lungs feel as if about to burst from lack of oxygen. Uggg! I gasp for air as I bolt upright in my bed, confused and shivering from fright.

An immediate feeling of loss overwhelms me and I begin to sob. The sea, its beauty and my beloved sea children are all gone, lost within my dream. All of my treasures are lost to me -- until another time, in another dream -- or perhaps -- in another life.

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Reviewed by J Howard 4/2/2011
lots of imagery.thanks for this story. i enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 3/30/2009
Dreams can take us many places. Glad you awoke from this one!....M
Reviewed by Jayne Waggoner 3/17/2009
phew. Can't can as I've ever had a dream like this one. Well written. You captured me to the very end.
Reviewed by David Arthur Walters 1/14/2009
Venus of the Sea dream.

Reviewed by Charles O'Connor III 10/8/2007
I loved this piece. Your description was immaculate. Weird how dreams can tell a perfect story and when we are awake it is sometimes impossible.

Good work,

Charles D. O'Connor III
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 2/10/2007
I really enjoyed your journey.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/9/2006

Excellent imagery; very well penned! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/9/2006
until another time, in another dream -- or perhaps -- in another life.

Truly captivating, Gwen.
Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 9/8/2006
I am inspired by anything inspired by a dream!!!!
Reviewed by Aberjhani 9/8/2006
Exceptional dream-vision Ms. Dickerson. It seems to capture the fluctuations and manifestations of an individual life seeking, finding, enjoying, and wrestling with the elements of personal fulfillment. A tremendously enjoyable read.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/8/2006
Oh I like this....well written Gwen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp 9/8/2006
So lovely Gwen..Thank you for this precious write~~

Peace And Love, Dove

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