To Breathe

To Breathe long poem

Where is the breath
That I crave so much
Hiding and playing games
Just beyond my reach
Fingers too stiff to touch

To breathe
To live
To need what is aloof and
Teasing me to beseech
The air in the vacuous room

What have I done
What did I say
Why must I suffer
These terrifying ways just to play your silly games

Am I not the same as the silent souls
Am I not equal to the healthy hosts
Who don’t have to beg
And plead for the very life they need

Why me?
Is that a selfish question
Should I need to doubt the validity
Of my request for information.

I have so much still to give
A love too much to relinquish
My right to live amongst
The moving masses.

To breathe
To live
To survive long enough
To be able to give back
The happiness I have received

To smile
To grin
Surely it wouldn’t be a sin to want
Or to need to share this wonderful gift
To want to lift the hearts
Of the sad and lonely

I sit by day and lie by night
Trapped in a decaying world
A passenger in a cocoon that sways
And swoons from room to spinning room

Looking out onto a world
That is slowly shrinking
Tunnel vision closing in from all sides
And me anxiously blinking again
To try to clear the mist
From tired wet eyes

To rest
To recover
To live to fight another day
Is the best I can hope for

To spend another day looking
Into eyes of love and laughter
Surrounding me
Believing in me
Trying to be the best that they can
For their old man.

To breathe
To live.

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ALL POEMS ©2015 DARREN SCANLON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. * Words and music have always played a major role in my life. A life without being able to enjoy music and express in words would be, for me, empty and cold.I have been writing since age 16, some 30+ years now but have only recently started publishing my works. Since doing so in Dec 2013, I have published 4 novels and 5 volumes of poetry, (available on words are my life. If they touch you in any way, if you are able to take something from them, then my work has achieved its goal and I am a happy man.Welcome to my world. Darren.
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Christopher S. Bunch

I liked the repetition of “To”. And it’s very revealing.

Christopher S. Bunch

Flowed very nicely. I enjoy reading your poems, Darren. It really helps me see the potential of poetry without rhymes. I’m currently working on branching out of my rigid rhyme scheme, even though it’s what feels natural to me. I see the beauty in your works, you’ve found a way to capture the flow without the use of rhymes.


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