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Don't Hold Your Breath

Updated on April 9, 2017

Eyes closed,

I take in a lungful of crisp air

and hold it there.

Foolishly I thought that perhaps,

trapping the breath inside would keep it with me always,

and never would I need to take another.

Foolishly I thought that it would sustain me forever.

But it burned.

It clawed at my chest, attempting to break free.

It ached as if I was killing it,

a wild animal that could take no comfort in captivity.

And in that moment I realized,

that my gripping such a life-giving entity so tightly

would only break it, and suffocate me in the process.

Upon it’s release,

I once again sucked in air.

And let it go,

so in complete continuity

My breath can flow.


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      Hari Prasad S 4 months ago from Bangalore

      Awesome. What a perfect way to say live and let live. Enjoyed.

      - Hari

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      A most metaphorical piece and I trust that you intended this, for then its brilliant; pure genius in fact!

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      Isabella Allred 7 months ago from Texas

      Thank you both!

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You described trying to hold your breath perfectly. Very well done.

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      Threekeys 7 months ago from Australia

      I felt myself holding my breath tightly as I read your poem. Great imagery:)