Five

one breath, our breath

the moment i met you

your breath became our breath

my chest tightening as you exhaled

opening as you drew life back in.

you cried

one breath, our breath

my throat burned and my eyes blurred

never had I felt a pain so deeply.

we gasped

one breath, our breath

eyes widening, discovering

brimming with the unknown

seeing for the first time

again and again.

………………………………………….

time walked with us

one breath, our breath

wrapping sunrises with bows of wonder,

and sometimes hurt

and frustration.

but our breath always found the next breath.

each was time’s gift to us.

………………………………………….

you spoke

one breath, our breath

every word danced on my lips

hearing choreography in every syllable,

every pause.

you ran

one breath, our breath

faster, fuller

my feet light in your tread

barely skimming the path as it narrowed

and widened.

then you laughed, oh that laugh

one breath, our breath

uncaged

unbridled

unfettered

i was intoxicated by that melody

rising and falling with each breath.

our breath.

………………………………………….

time will one day leave us

one breath.

until then, my hand on your chest

feeling it rise and fall with the sun

here i will stay

listening, waiting, holding

one breath, our breath.


IMG_0337Happy 5th birthday, sweet Vonnegut. I count every minute of these last five years as a gift. My heart (and my breath) is always yours.

3 Responses

  1. Hi Michelle, yes I did write this piece. Thank you for your sweet comment. I was feeling particularly nostalgic the day I wrote it, but I am so glad I made myself put words down on paper instead of smushing away those feelings.

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