rising blue


it began
as a slow-moving patch
no more than a carpet square
of colour

blue

walking through
the solid darkness
it was the brightness
that caught his eye

he
and the colour
approaching each other

it moved like liquid
and looked like paint
but
as it curled up
and around
over
his feet
it behaved more
like smoke

when he bent
to run his hand low
through the substance
there was
nothing
only colour
and air

as he walked
the hue rose
seeming to sever his legs
his knees

he could move
freely
but the landmarks
road
curb
shrubs
handrails
one by one
disappeared

the colour climbed
halfway up
tree trunks
as high
as his shoulders

he could hear
the rushing water
of the creek
that ran below a bridge
a little way ahead of him
but he could not
go forward

unimpeded
he was frozen in place
encompassed
by the rising sea
of blue
that he could not touch
could not penetrate

he found
he was holding his breath
as the colour
that he could not smell
or taste
reached his mouth

covered it

and climbed higher
over his nose
his eyes

when he inhaled
at last
it was through an explosion
of coughing
that echoed
emptily

he waved his hands
but could not disturb
the airy solidity
of blue

stumbling forward
with his arms
outstretched
he found
fell
into the protective guardrail
of the bridge

sliding to ground
to sit
with his back secure
against the structure

he stilled his ragged
breathing
to listen

nothing
but the sound
of running water
below him

at last
his eyes irritated
dry
from a prolonged
unblinking
stare
he closed his eyes

and found
his vision

all the lost surroundings
still there
in front of his tightly closed eyes

clear and sharp
within their sweet
natural
darkness

without awareness
of doing so
he began to weep

© Frank Prem, 2017

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