Learning to Breathe


Learning to Breathe

Drawing in bright hues slowly,
autumn leaves of illumination
become the air in my lungs.

Taking in gusts of living color,
I am learning to breathe
in life’s vibrancy.

Inhaling vitality,
exhaling anguish,
in, and out,
receiving the rhythm of
currents of color
moving within.

Dispelling dim dissolution,
I cast off shadows,
exchanging this dark stain
for tinctured light.

Radiant colors collide into
each strung muscle,
now becoming unstrung,
as I breathe in the flow of
this circulating iridescence.

(Originally appeared in The Wayfarer)