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breakthroughyou taught me how to breathe
in and out, felt the air inside me
toxins, hardly air anymore
you showed me how to see through the fog
into the smog and through the mountains
thank you for blessing me
you convinced me to listen
when there was nothing to hear
but the hum of the insects and cry of the coyote
you demonstrated how to run
not in a straight line, but how a snake does
and how the wounded elk flees from the fight
you told me how feelings work
pain, love, hate, and instinct
you showed me each, one by one; mending me each time
i reached out hoping to touch you
your breath brushed my hair away
the ants crawled around my legs
they carried me off to the valley
where you could not reach me
but i could hear you whispering
"breathe in, breathe out
look up, and then down
sit down, get up
listen, and then feel
run around, and then try once more."
and then there was a helper
dear spirits, you'd sent a guide,
though you pointed out; it was not forever
which was a good thing
SolaceShe never slept well in the dark,
not without the children of the sun and moon
to guide her weary lids home.
Guided by the aftermath, she was always two steps behind.
What did the world look like to the girl who had been through it all?
Braved the heaviest of storms,
yet skipping over cracks in the pavement.
They said her eyes were the wisps of clouds before the storm.
To him they were reflections of pages overlooked.
She said it was like she lived the life of someone she had never met.
Laid out to dry, yesterdays news.
He knew her as the girl who was built to never collapse.
He wished he was too.
He loved her more than words could say, and yet her pain was such,
that at times, he feared she wouldn’t make it.
But on nights like these, even when it threatened to consume her,
he became convinced that somehow she would.
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