the sigh in your lungs

I am the wind that whistles through the leaves and makes you draw in your breath until you feel a sigh in your lungs and sense the walls of your heart emptying of blood. I am all that you run from in the ever larger circles with bent feet and a crooked composition. I am the one that reminds you at night of the promises you have once again broken and who pushes you to pledge them all the same each night before you sleep, always with the renewed hope of a naive child. These delusions you coax yourself into like molten wax, that one day, you will master your own self, is the stuff that slides you out of bed each morning. I am the one that notices how you sometimes choke on your laughs because they are only one degree south of the tears you never want put on your itinerary. I am the one that sees the silent picture shows of the places and faces you wish you had had the conviction to have swayed further towards instead of being persuaded by inertia. I am the reason you use these weapons of mass distraction with the dedication of a patriotic soldier. I am the murmurs of the playgrounds, pillows, pants, and pantries where you have misplaced your fidelities. I see the steps you will stoically stumble over every day of your life. I am the left and the right. I’m more indestructible than the diamonds you delude yourself contain happiness.

the sigh in your lungs

natapee

Joined January 2008

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truth will always find you, at the bottom of the sea, at the top of a volcano and in the centre of your heart

featured in freedom in words July 2009

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