The Simple Things – #DVersePoetics

When the trainer asks

‘did you forget to breath’

it sounds stupid,

and unfortunately true.

A little like thinking

too much about the doing

so the thoughts twist knots

into your limbs.

The panic welling

in much the same way

as your lungs swelling up

against your rib-cage.

You were sure you were,

then you’re not sure,

suddenly so unsure

you can’t even breath

without counting

each gasp.

In…

out…

in…

in…

out..

out..

In…

In…

In…

Out…

Out…

Out..

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10 Comments

  1. The change in the counting at the end really acted to slow my breathing down. Very effective.

    i forget to breathe all the time. It should be impossible…

  2. When my mind is too busy to allow me sleep, suddenly I become aware of my breathing, and find myself performing the same mantra.

  3. When insomnia has got a stranglehold on my busy monkey mind, suddenly I am very aware of my breathing and find myself performing the same mantra.

  4. Those simple things, the ones we think of as automatic and coming naturally, are the ones we need to pay attention to. Oh, how familiar are the lines:
    ‘so the thoughts twist knots
    into your limbs.
    ….
    You were sure you were,
    then you’re not sure,
    suddenly so unsure
    you can’t even breath
    without counting
    each gasp.’

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