#102 I Can’t Breathe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Can’t Breathe.

“I can’t breathe”, said the earth

gasping

and then

the fumes from cars and trucks

all over the world

stopped

and in the cities

the distant mountains

could again be seen.

 

“I can’t breathe”, we said

as we sat behind our closed doors,

the early spring still cold,

the shared outdoor spaces

roped off,

barricaded.

Social distancing meant

staying inside

without enough

movement

or

air.

 

“I can’t breathe”, said yet another

black man

restrained,

life flowing out from his body

as one more oppressor

prevailed

while the camera watched

then sent the image out

into the world.

 

“I can’t breathe”, shouted the

masses protesting

the accumulation of despair

and injustice

in shock waves

throughout the world.

 

“I can’t breathe” say

the non-mask wearers

defending their non-compliance

with no understanding

or regard

for the safety of others.

 

“I can’t breathe”, says

my spirit

as it cries out for

a better world

with love

and compassion

filling the

longing hearts,

the twisted painful

psyches

not yet recognizing

what they

most need

is light

air

and

breath.

 

 

Three Words. 70 Cases. The Tragic History of ‘I Can’t Breathe.’
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/28/us/i-cant-breathe-police-arrest.html?referringSource=articleShare

5 thoughts on “#102 I Can’t Breathe

  1. Beautiful, Jane.

    On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 7:48 PM The Marginal Way wrote:

    > janedougall posted: ” I Can’t Breathe. “I can’t breathe”, said the earth > gasping and then the fumes from cars and trucks all over the world stopped > and in the cities the distant mountains could again be seen. “I can’t > breathe”,” >

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  2. This is so powerful.
    I found my chest tightening from panic and struggling for air
    each time I read “I can’t breathe.” I suppose many can remember gasping for breath during highly emotional landmarks in our own lives.
    Robyn

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