The Air That I Breathe

The Air That I Breathe

Breathing tentatively taking in air slowly
Allowing oxygen to travel to the brain
Steadying, remembering 
Words form on quivering lips and the sound
of a shaky voice fills the dark and vacant room
Coming slowly at first but as air
is taken deep into lungs
The monochrome space becomes technicolor
and I am muzzled no more


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Sarah is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and she has promoted us with the
four elements, Fire, Air, Water and Earth.

  26 comments for “The Air That I Breathe

  1. August 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

    There is something a bit scary going on here. A hospital room?

    • Christine Bolton
      August 19, 2022 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Sean. That’s a thought. She is a prisoner in her own life. Whether it’s her marriage, or her culture, she has no voice. Her words have been stifled for so long. 🥲

  2. Anonymous
    August 17, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    I love the ending Christine. There is life, freedom and hope there.

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      This comment is from Grace.

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm

      This comment is from me – Grace.

      • Christine Bolton
        August 17, 2022 at 11:26 pm

        Thank you Grace. Ive been trying to respond to your post and was getting annoyed with the Anonymous thing 😕. Your poem reminded me of Mother Nature herself. It was so lovely. Please accept this as my comment ☺️💕

  3. Anonymous
    August 17, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    This reminds me of how God breathed life into us. Enjoyed your take!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

  4. Jane Dougherty
    August 17, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Like coming back from the (almost) dead.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 8:44 am

      Yes, like a rebirth. ☺️

  5. August 17, 2022 at 6:18 am

    I read your title and started humming that old song by The Hollies! I found myself breathing in slowly as I read the poem and felt the relief you expressed in the final lines, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Kim. I was thinking about the many who feel they have no voice. Either their thoughts are not respected or they are forcibly kept silent. Yes that song is so beautiful. I’ve always loved the Hollies.

      • Anonymous
        August 18, 2022 at 4:04 pm

        Love how you ended it, Christine. ❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        August 18, 2022 at 8:40 pm

        Thank you! ☺️

  6. August 17, 2022 at 1:13 am

    I love the way you’ve ended your poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Sadje! ☺️❤️

      • August 17, 2022 at 11:32 am

        My pleasure

  7. August 17, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I love that ending, like the sun rising.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you Sarah. Yes! ☺️💕

  8. August 17, 2022 at 12:05 am

    This is a little dark, but ends on a redemptive note. I loved the sense of rebirth or renewal running through this piece.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Nitin. Yes, I know it was dark, but you understood it. It was about someone whose voice was never heard. She was regarded as worthless, with nothing anyone wanted to hear. But she found her voice and she was born again

  9. August 16, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Wonderful piece 👏

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Chris ☺️

      • August 17, 2022 at 11:30 am

        You are welcome 😀

  10. August 16, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Your post reminded me of this old song, Christine.
    https://youtu.be/MxMuR5Ly4x8

    • Christine Bolton
      August 16, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      Oh I definitely stole the title Jim. I chose the prompt Air and it was perfect for what I wrote 🤣. At least I didn’t plagiarize the song. It was always a favorite.

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