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In and Out

Breath in, pain within,
Restless rattling of wracked lungs.
Breath out, pain out,
Released relaxation of soft flesh.
Breath in, thoughts in,
Never speaking out, always hiding true thoughts.
Breath out, thoughts out,
Calibrated and monitored, dirtying the truth.
Breath in, limbs in,
Staying home, sleeping life away.
Breath out, limbs out,
Running, jumping, participating.

In and out, Out and in. Breathing is such a simple, such and ordinary, necessary thing that we all 
do, and yet it belies and reveals so much of a person it's startling. A sharp intake of breath, a 
reluctant gasp, labored breathing, soft sighs. The breath of life is known as that for many 
reasons and one, because with every breath we tell the tale of ourselves. So breath easy 
friends, life rolls on.

Copyright © Clayton Poole

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  1. Date: 3/7/2011 10:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured on PoetrySoup this week Clayton. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/16/2010 1:15:00 PM
    I really like this poem ...i like what you are tryin to show in this...great poem

  1. Date: 3/12/2010 9:00:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your fine poetry today Clayton. Have a wonderful weekend filled with inspiration and do share more of your poetry with us. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 9:54:00 AM
    Thx :D

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 9:50:00 AM
    So true. I love this poem, it really captures how deep and intense our breath really is. Keep up the good work!