Date Written: January 18, 2010
I take a breath of air
For a moment, it is all mine
No one else can have it.
I feel it expanding my lungs.
“Should I keep it longer?”
I ask myself.
For if I do, it will always be mine.
My own bit of the universe
filling up my nostrils and
keeping me alive
Yet, I wonder when I let it go,
just whose body will it enter into next.
Will it be a black man, a white, red, or tan one,
some color other than mine?
When I release my breath, I release
a part of myself
What once was a part of me now takes
residence inside another and so it goes.
My life’s breath helps another man live and
he becomes one with my DNA for a
brief moment of time
As my breath continues on its journey
I am forever one with all souls in the Universe
One by one, we are united from a single breath
of air that God created for us all
We cannot hold onto the air for very long,
for try as we might
We must release it eventually to nourish
As our breath travels onward floating freely
to our brothers, our sisters, entering their lungs
I realize that we are all one family
for the breath which sustained me
Now sustains another, then so on around the world
Till there no longer is a difference, and even
if prejudiced or biased, you cannot keep the
Breath of God to yourself,
and from those you hate
We are united as God designated it,
forever one until our final breath comes and goes.
One Little Breath—Who could’ve known?