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Lungs of the Universe

Writing poetry is an alternative form of self-expression for Audrey. " It's how I release my deepest thoughts and emotions."

Breathing the Universe In and Out Again

Idyllwild, Ca., a tree lovers paradise.

Idyllwild, Ca., a tree lovers paradise.


I am blessed. There was a time when I had no place to go, nowhere to live. Now, I wake up to a mountain community right in the thick of a magnificent forest. My friends are trees, birds, critters, and even tiny ants. There is no separation between me and Mother Gaia. I watch the earth breathe around me, and I feel my own breathing fall into harmony with it.

The Lungs of the Universe

The lungs of the universe

Expanding and contracting

Cooling our planet

Keeping us alive

Absorbing carbon dioxide

A colorless, odorless gas

Breathing out oxygen

Flowing effortlessly, in and out

Earth breathes a million colors

Forests, oceans, plants

Providing unlimited air

The Gaia theory

Her organs join forces

Finding calm amongst the chaos

Letting go of agitation

Peaceful breath, the web of life.

Breathing Earth

© 2021 Audrey Hunt


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2021:

I do not see my earlier comment, so I will tell you again that I enjoyed reading this. We need to protect the environment, and your title shows the importance of it. As FlourishAnyway wrote, I hope we can pass on a healthy environment to future generations.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 24, 2021:

Such beautiful thoughts about nature. I hope that we can restore nature and protect its beauty so future generations can behold its splendor.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 19, 2021:

This is beautiful, Audrey. I think sometimes mankind forgets that our earth is a living, breathing being. It would seem so or why else are Man's actions so selfishly killing all that Mother Nature holds dear? We need to treat our earth with respect and let her breathe deeply so we can all once again flourish.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 19, 2021:

What beautiful imagery, the Earth is indeed alive. Mother Earth has been suffering with all of us; perhaps she is now breathing a sigh of relief.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2021:

With winter and the pandemic, am cocooned in the city and not able to go anywhere with the lockdown. I surround myself with plants to feel the earth's gaia. I wish for your environment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 19, 2021:

What a lovely message, my dear friend. I am smiling as I begin my day. Thank you for the smile, and love to you on this fine Tuesday.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for this. It is starting my day with a real gratitude of your work and nature, my mother. I will hike today and glory in it.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 19, 2021:

Lovely poetry which calms us all. Being at one with nature is so important and when you can live in it and with it, you are truly blessed. Though I live in a small town, our house is right next to a small ditch of water and a bank of tall willows, so I feel that I'm in the heart of countryside as I look across from my garden.

You've captured the enormity of nature as well as the infusion of spirit it gives us, Audrey. Just right for times like this.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 19, 2021:

Audrey, you painted such a beautiful picture of becoming one with the earth. Your poetry is lovely and such a pleasure to read.

This is especially true during a time of so much trouble around the world.

Thank you and God bless you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 18, 2021:

A refreshing poem, and well expressed Audrey.

I could almost feel and breathe the fresh air. That’s what Mother Earth does to our senses. Nothing like some moments of peace and tranquility amidst Nature.

Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 18, 2021:

A wonderful poem Audrey, showing your connection with mother Earth (Gaia.) When will man realise that we have to stop clearing and deforestation?.....that is depleting oxygen in the atmosphere and increasing carbon dioxide.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 18, 2021:

This well-written poem gives a refreshing distraction from the world of the pandemic, with its positive back to nature theme. I had to look up Gaia, as I was not familiar with the word. I have now learnt something new.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on January 18, 2021:

Beautiful how you relate the earth to the breathing system

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