Zen and the Art of Breathing…


you breathe

it goes unnoticed  and without conscious thought

… until a grief robs you temporarily

of all ability

to do more than gasp in hyperventilated rasps…



first breathe

first breatheas squalling squint eyed babe

vast eons of unexploited insight

consciousness poured into human form

your vessel, for this life, from the moment born…


you learn to breath away  pain-

- breathe in…. sunrises & sunsets

… breathe  in first loves and last loves

and a life in between….



second breath

…. as new awareness enters the soul

or the rebirth

of a forgotten awareness from times of old

you breathe

with chest-restricting  awe- induced


at Natures soft and tender ways

and human compassions found

when walls crumble away…

breathing in all that is right with the day…

and breathing out the pain…


… breathe in now… deeply… fully

draw in the essence of your own aura

inhale the heady liberation of free-will

for with every breath you take

you exercise your right

to your beliefs… your loves

your chosen way of life…

be free


breathe peace.


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Comment by Sharon Lee Goodhand on November 8, 2012 at 4:27pm

Many thanks Poppy... I find this process very relaxing.


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