I wake up,
after another bad dream.
Lightning flashes through the window outside.
My eyes take a moment to adjust to the gloom.
The room is vastly different from the world I was just shown behind my lids.
The dread dissipates the second I turn and see her face which is still sleeping soundly.
For the first time since I awoke,
I'm able to smile.
With one arm I pull her tight against me.
And when I close my eyes,
the darkness doesn't seem quite as scary.