Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Tree of Life
And this stillness spread until there was no sound except her heartbeat. Her breath.
She faced the wizened woman, the woman called Sophia that she knew as Gaia, Mother of all Earth.
“What does this mean?” Zoe asked, and her voice shattered the silence.
Gaia held out a single leaf.
“Speak to me,” Zoe said. “Tell me. What is this about?” She’d flown with dragons, she’d been strong against the serpent, but this silence frightened her. Gaia frightened her. “Is this the final transition?”
Gaia placed one finger against Zoe’s lips, and then took both her hands in hers.
Within Gaia’s grasp, Zoe remembered the story: the pain of giving life and dying, the joy and sadness of change, the ecstasy of love and the misery of loss. And when Gaia released her, Zoe pressed the one leaf to her heart in gratitude. Gratitude for Gaia’s gift of truth and the silence to recall it. The silence to hear her heartbeat. Her breath.
A tear trickled from her cheek to her chin and fell onto the earth. She let go the leaf and it flittered to a place just beyond where she stood. It fell onto that one small damp spot of tear stained earth. And then the tree she had thought was lost forever, was once more.
It stood before her in the dawn light.
It became the silhouette against the sky at dusk.
And the music of the Tree of Life sprang forth from everywhere, banishing the silence.
© 2013 C. Lee McKenzie
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