By Brian J. Mueller


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Easy come, so hard to let go.

If you’ve ever had
the breath knocked out,
you remember the silence
of being in that vacuum
between inhale and exhale,
while feeling a great terror,
breath might never return.

When breath finally did return,
relief came in huge gulps of air
and a flash flood of emotion,
from the salty tears of relief,
to a painful new understanding
passage between dimensions
may be quite difficult.

A human being is only breath and shadow.
~ Sophocles

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