into the wild, the water

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.