one of the first exercises in ainscough and toon’s (2000) surviving childhood sexual abuse workbook: the creation of a safe space.
hard, dry dirt next to a creek. you are lying down, arm crossed over your eyes to shield from the sun. a bright orange salamander rests, maybe sleeps, on your shoulder. you are surrounded by shrubbery, blackberry bushes, & wild strawberries. sparrows hop, like in a robert frost poem, from branch to branch. icy-cool of water, its hush & gurgle, birdsong, the sunlight.