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Tuesday, 30 October 2012


A breath.  Caught.  Inside.
A breath.  Exhaled.  Died.
It wasn't enough.  To breathe.

I never could get enough air. 
Enough peace.  Enough anything.
Staggeringly broken. 

By what every breath could not provide:
Life. My life.
Color inside.

Enough air to breathe.
Enough space to be.

All this time I searched for you.
I looked and looked and couldn't see.
I screamed and screamed
But no one heard me.
I waited out the days and nights.
Apologized and explained too much.
Wasn't me.  Wasn't me.  Wasn't me...

A subtle shift.
A sudden strength.
My heart.  My heart.  My heart.  My lungs...
My soul.  My time.
My one.  My one.

My life.
My color.
My air.
My space.




Brian Miller said...

nice...beautiful progression in this...from trapped to freedom and one little turn that often becomes such a long journey...smiles...i like you versing....

betty said...

I like that it goes from despair to hope; beautifully written!


Rachna said...

Poignant! I marvel at your ability to write such beautiful verse. I caught my breath when I read through the roller coaster of emotions.

Cathy Kennedy said...

I have to agree with Rachna, I found myself like she did while reading this poem. Truly moving from the lows to highs. Isn't life like this, though. We've all experienced moments like this at some point, haven't we? Way to go on such a fine job, my friend!

Barbara said...

What a beautifully written post.

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

What a lovely poem. I felt emotional reading it, I could feel that you wrote it from your heart. Thanks for sharing :)

Just Be Real said...

That is just what my journey is all about. Escapting to freedom! Wonderfully written Colleen. Thank you. Blessings.

JANU said...

Moving and powerful...loved it.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

My heart stood still while I read this, Colleen. I hoped that it would turn to hope and it did! Amazing writing, dear friend. ♥

Silverfaerie said...

"Apologized and explained too much.
Wasn't me. Wasn't me. Wasn't me..."

This really speaks to me and things going on in my life right now. I feel that I haven't been my authentic self, and partially because I have held back when I really should spoken out about things that I'm not happy with.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful written poem.

Stephanie said...

So much beauty in this poem!

Peggy said...

You are a talented poet as well as a beautiful painter. you are so gifted!

Janet Sewell said...

Oh Colleen that was so beautiful! The first verse especially spoke to me:

A breath. Caught. Inside.
A breath. Exhaled. Died.
It wasn't enough. To breathe.

That explains exactly how I was feeling this summer before taking off! It wasn't enough to breath.

Thanks girl! As always beautifully written.

Love you so much and miss you so!

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi, I left a comment on your Oct 25th post, the one before this. Praying all is well with you, dear friend.


Alka Gurha said...

This is so meaningful, deep and beautiful Colleen. Very different too....

Jenn Jantz said...

i'm back:)
that was a beautiful, heart stirring poem..
loved it.

Melissa Tandoc said...

I think that's what I just need ~ to be free...and oh to live!

Colleen said...

Thank you all!

Rebecca said...

Where ARE you, my friend? Your comment on a post today makes me want to know where/how you are.

And your beautiful son - how he must be growing!

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