last night i dreamt i was surrounded by water. it was clear and cool. not cold. i didn’t shiver. my legs didn’t ache, but i floated. and you floated too, just out of reach. i could see snow on the mountains in the distance and feel the lake’s wet as my fingers skimmed its surface. the dress i was wearing danced below and i held a book in one hand. you said it was time to go, your chest above the blue, but i hesitated and watched you walk away. i woke up wondering why i always leave water in between us.