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I Can’t Breathe


A poem inspired by the breathlessness of George Floyd, written from the soul by a pediatrician.

I cant breathe

 

I heard this familiar chant from outside of myself today

Hallucination or a reality

Is it my pain that is echoed in your keening

A universal reckoning

The refrain getting louder

It will be silenced no more

 

For years my brain screamed into the silence

For years my body was trapped in this agonizing pain

You kept me quiet and unseen

Suffocating me and shutting down my throat

That knee hard and unforgiving

Ripping out this bleeding heart

A gnarly hand reaching to grab and twist my innards

Searing hot pain as my limbs are torn apart

 

A stifled cry

A quivering sigh

 

I heard this familiar chant from outside of myself today

Am I hallucinating or is it reality

Is my pain really echoed in your keening

A universal reckoning

Its refrain getting louder

that will be silenced no more

 

But for now, right at this moment

Air still flows in and out of me

I. Am. Alive.

 

Willed by the Divine

Without any say

not mine nor yours

I am being breathed

Lovingly gently

Moment by moment

Until my purpose fulfilled

 

And until I can't

 

I breathe.....  

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