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Below is the poem entitled Exhale which was written by poet Stephen Kilmer. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Inhale My friend has prepared me For the final moments She sits beside me calm A woman not scared Or so she says… But I see the fear In her eyes For she is not prepared For this eventuality I pass the pipe Medicinal purposes I tell her It’s what keeps me hanging on. She takes a puff And coughs up a storm I laugh and cry at her tears For I will soon be home She falls back against the chair Holding her breath for all she’s worth Then slowly an exhale She now knows the truth For I am dead and gone I cross the river And sit under a tree And watch her from beyond As she begins to see That death is in my eyes My chest it’s final heave For we exhaled together The only difference between Life and death Was that final breath A second between life and death That separates us all. Exhale

Copyright © Stephen Kilmer

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 7:13:00 AM
    This totally reminds me of the lyrics in "Don't Fear the Reaper" ...A captivating write from beginning to brilliant ending

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/23/2013 5:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Blue Oyster Cult. Remember them well. I can see the comparison. It's a great compliment and is also greatly appreciated. Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 8:18:00 PM
    This is brilliant. I absolutely love it! Love how you began it and ended it. Life and death. Amazing work. I have to fav this one here. Always, Laura

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/15/2013 8:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend. Glad you liked it. Always good to hear from you. I respect your opinion as you have posted many a great poem. Always here, Kilmer