Revised: Thanks for the feedback. I’m not completely ‘there’… but I’m hopefully going in the right direction?
What is the weight of a breath?
Deep, shallow, short, prolonged,
Brilliant, breathless, bountiful.
With softness, lightness,
“I love you”
…Life by breath flies free.
How much weight does one breath hold?
Huffing, puffing, whirlwind,
Baited, barren, binding.
…go away, you’re stupid.”
…for being so gullible.”
…like a landfill fire at sunset.”
“I love you…
…as long as you make me happy.”
…Life by breath encumbered.
The weight of one breath can cut.
Can scorch. Can crush.
One breath can build. Can heal.
One breath performs miracles:
…and two become one.
One breath quenches a light:
“Roll on two!”
…and the executioner’s job is done.
Over life and death,
Heart and breath.
How many breaths did I take today
How many cuts did I make today
How many hearts did I inflame today
How many lives did I take today
Or did I breathe peace and life
Did I soothe and help
Did I forego judgment to stand
in your shoes and say, “It’s okay.”
…what it’s like to be different.”
…what it’s like to make a mistake.”
…what it’s like to feel unloved.”
Maybe if we breathe together
We will begin to realize
The weight of one breath.
To breathe the love and
Give the love and
Share the love and
Be the breath of love.