23,000

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23,000 began as the poem you see below.  It has since morphed into a song–which is not quite completed.  Now I can’t read it without humming that song in my head.  I hope you enjoy!

 

It is the unconscious rhythm that orders my days
23,000 times a day in a steady stream of inevitability
sometimes quick and shallow
others deep and peaceful
23,000 breaths which fill my lungs
with a beautiful monotony
23,000 breaths—
an invisible umbilical cord which births my living
new each day
23,000 gifts unfolding between two sunsets
23,000 sighs of longing
23,000 inhales
23,000 exhales
and a love that has captured them
taken each one prisoner and carried it away—
the spoils of war
rescued from a gray stagnancy

I
(and each day’s 23,000 breaths)
became your pirate bride
Touched
by you
until breathing became
intertwined
with loving you
and each of my
inhales/exhales
was colored by your palette of
intimate grace

Each day I offer
my 23,000 gifts back to you
intertwining the spirit-breath which first formed me
with the daily rhythm of my breathing

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