September 17, 2014

22 Life Enhancing things to do With Our Breath. ~ Michael Mark {Poem}

Tiger yawn breath

Listen to it as though God were whispering to you.

Follow it.

Wrap yourself in it like a faux fur blanket and stretch out

and nap.

Land your entire life between the in and the exhale.

Be enchanted by it.

Do a duet with it.

Ride it like a wave from nose to lung to wishbone.

Be reborn by it 23,040 times a day.

Let it open your hips and reach places no x-ray,

MRI, sonogram will ever see.

Pleasure all your muscles and organs with it.

Pleasure someone else’s muscles and organs with it.

Play with it.

Hold it.



Roar it out.

Or hold it even longer.

Lower your temperature through your mouth.

Create heat through your nose.

Listen to it as though God were whispering to you—yes, again!

You covered everything in one chat?

Take it like a pen and inscribe your name in your heart.

Let it tell you the truth.

Say thank you with it for being your constant,

every second of every minute of every hour of every everything

companion, nurturer, healer, lover.

Or breathe.

Remember, it is never just a breath.

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Michael Mark

Michael Mark bows to all his Teachers. He is a hospice volunteer and long distance walker. His poetry has been published in Red Booth Review,Every Day Poets, Scapegoat, Camel Saloon, OutsideIn Magazine, The Thing Itself, Silver Birch Press, elephant journal, The New Verse News, Word Soup End Hunger and other nice places. He invites you to follow him on @michaelgrow so he can follow you, in case he gets lost.