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breathless-rachel-nelson “Breathless” by Rachel Nelson

dead lungs

black bladders

hang stiffly

from sins in a

crumbling cage

every breath

drawn at rest

nonetheless

a pained labor

for tissues

time turned

into lifeless

sere parchment

the least-made

exertions

trip desperate

cascades of

deep gasping

a breathlessness

drowning in

indifferent air

inescapable

penance for

nonchalant folly

offending the

most precious

gift of a life

penance now

come to due

during this

the last phase

of my moon

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I Tap

I tap
deep into the rich soil
remembering
who I am

raised from the ground
the first time
and
every time
helped to stand
braced in the storm
held softly in rough hand
taught
patience
and
allowed
to grow

foot on the roots
hand on the stem
I tap
remember
and
grow
again

~

Words and Photography ©2018 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

Posted in poetry & free verse.

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A Painful Mirror

I received a Keurig as a gift. The only thing I use it for is to heat hot water, using a reusable K-cup. I’ll have more space on my counter when it finally dies. Even the guy who invented the Keurig regrets it. It can be useful, however, for people who entertain a lot and want guests to have a big array of beverages to choose from.