March 8, 2013
I drove through a cloud to find my sleeping spot in the desert.
Headlights penetrating the darkness a mere 20 feet before being engulfed in a ghostly mist.
Arriving at my destination, I come to a stop, turn off lights, and instantly become one with the abyss.
There is no light — none — and it is accompanied by a silence that is almost deafening.
As I sit, time loses all meaning.
Just me, my thoughts, and the darkness — surrounded by silence.
Like a hug from the universe.
And then a single sound — almost imperceptible at first — beckons my attention.
A sound like none I’ve ever heard before.
So soft. So unexpected.
It is the sound of a individual snowflake bouncing off the glass of my windshield.
And then another.
Until the sound that was initially beyond my ability to hear it becomes a soothing symphony that sets me adrift in an endless ocean.
This is how I fell asleep.