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Poetry by Robert Stone: Breathing, a sonnet

-a sonnet for Johnathan Neukomm
My therapist says breathe, deep in, slow out,
and I reply, that is a lot of work
but deep within I truly have no doubt
that breathing is a task I should not shirk.

From breath my first, the signal of my start,
I navigate life's fears and hopes and loves
until my final breath, the end of chart,
beyond all testing handshakes, hugs, or shoves.

Today I contemplate the mundane things
and wonder -- if my heaven came to earth,
would gift of tireless feet or soaring wings
be better choice for self-seen second birth.

Regardless of the things I pant to be,
it's life I live in, not in fantasy.

- Robert Stone, 22 May 2011
The next earlier Robert Stone poetry: Poetry by Robert Stone: You will rise, a villanelle

This story was posted on 2011-05-22 12:03:34
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