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On breathing

By Samantha Shokin

Section: Arts

September 4, 2009

Take a breath.

Give yourself some care.

Evaporate your

memory and

pacify

your lungs with

air.

Breathe

in deep, and

if you must

choke, then choke

on a stray sigh

or two,

not empty words

your thoughts

provoke.

Swallow up your stupid tongue.

Stop whispering your fears.

You’ll gasp for air

and waste your

breath

if cries for

help

fall on deaf ears.

Snuff out the bliss,

inhale twice.

The mind

wilts,

and the soul

suffocates, when

breath

does not suffice.

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