Songs from tomorrow.

©2021 Michael Raven

They stood in silence. Waiting. Listening.

The sun flickered through the water depths, leaving their bodies awash in twilight song. Beyond blue skies, the stars called to them, singing. They learned the star songs, painted in cascade colors — the blues and the reds, the greens and purples, the myriad hues. And songs sung black, too.

The Keepers, they knew themselves to be. For the songs were fading from this place, giving way to the dark places, places that consumed even black. The Keepers, concerned, prayed for portals to they could go home, go home and sing the songs anew. But they also knew… for they had been told by descendants calling back beyond the bonds of time — they knew it might not come to pass in this place. Although — in some it had. How else would those who came after sing the songs back to them?

They stood in silence. Waiting. Listening.


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