It was the kind of dream
you don’t forget
more vision than dream
you feel awake
you feel everything

You feel touch
as if in someone’s arms
you feel the texture of their shirt
the whole fit of their body
as when your lover
mother, father, friend extends
their arms out to you
and you accept

You’re not afraid
to feel vulnerable
you’re not worried
about past or future
you evolve in the present

When you wake up
you are lying on your side
your arms around yourself
you are this easy to love

Barbara Toboni is a writer, blogger, and poet. She has published a variety of short stories and articles in anthologies, journals, and online. Barbara is also the author of three collections of poetry and a children’s picture book, The Bunny Poets. She lives in Northern California with her husband.