Breathing room

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Breathing room

Postby Saturn » Thu May 17, 2012 10:07 pm

Breathing room
For Peter O'Hanlon.

No one dared breathe
In the breathing room:
No sound except gasps,
Awful reaching after of
Every one single breath
While heads hung low
And hands were clasped
And faces betrayed the
Pain of helplessness.

The struggle to bear was
As vain as that for breath
While the pencil thin victim,
Oblivious to everything but
The need to hang on to the
Very last breath he owned.

The silence of the room is
A symptom of awe, of fear,
Of sheer terror lest a sound
Break the "mortal coil that
Flesh is heir to" and Death,
The inevitable, abrupt one
Should burst the door down.

How many more draws, how
Many more gaping sighs can
Be plucked from the air? Like
A man drowning in the excess
Of oxygen he lies, surfeited
By the very thing that keeps
Him afloat, bobbing, and yet
Sinking slowly in the deep.
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"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Breathing room

Postby marwood » Fri May 18, 2012 8:24 am

Lovely Saturn. Brings back thoughts of my Brother in law who died last year.
Take care.
Marwood.
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen.
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Re: Breathing room

Postby Saturn » Fri May 18, 2012 5:49 pm

Thanks for the kind words, and belated condolences on your loss. This is dedicated to my uncle who died during the early hours of this morning.
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Re: Breathing room

Postby Cybele » Sat May 19, 2012 12:09 am

So sorry to hear of your loss, Saturn.
Your poem brought me chills, I've been there, too.
"The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence."
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Re: Breathing room

Postby Raphael » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:49 pm

Only just noticed this Saturn- sorry to read about your uncle and a very poignant poem.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

Peter Sanson, 1995.
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