Take a deep breath / In through your nose, and out through your mouth / Smell and taste and hear and just, feel it / Let the brisk air awaken you / Liven you
Smell the soil anchoring the tall trees around you to the Earth / The earth that keeps the Earth, Earth as we know it / That earth breathes you know? / A steady flow
The cycle continues as the ball called Earth with all the earth spins / It twirls like a small child in a pretty dress / Like the rough hand of a farmer / Caresses smooth cheeks and dirty feet
The air is made of billions of things / And in each breath you take here there’s some water / The tide, the flow, moving to and fro / I'm told we're mostly water, you know?
A light rain starts / It's cool but not cold / Your skin contracts yet you are relaxed / Take a deep breath / The cloth on you is wet, as are all of your hairs which are standing up straight
The wind is softly blowing / Softly speaking to the trees / Around you a symphony and cacophony of noises of voices / Of the waves of fresh water
Take a deep breath / You only have so many you know? / The steady drum the steady hum of the breath of Earth / Breathe, keep breathing
It has taken many breaths like this one / Well before you were born / And too, still, after you die it will continue / It will
This spot, this beautiful, wonderful place you've found / There are others like it and others who find them / But it's not yours or theirs and it's not about anyone in particular
The point is friend, you breathe / I breathe, and one day we'll both stop / But when we stop the others don't / The other people the other places
And so it's not about the places either / The places come and go, to and fro, in and exhalation / Here and in every nation / And ask every doctor the place is never the patient / It's just that sometimes we decided / That neither finding nor breathing / Is quite as good as reaping / While others slain and weeping / But the Earth, it keeps breathing
And even from the tops of the tallest towers / Where deep breathing takes a back-seat to far seeing / It's about the connections, our relationships / To the Earth, to the others, to the other places / Because to be stagnant is to be dead / But to be alive is to be finding and just keeping breathing
This poem is one which I wrote last March (2017) and it remains one of my favourites. I submitted it to a UNESCO contest for poetry on "Sustainable Tourism" and won in my category, though I don't think there were too many other entries. You can read all of the other writers' poems here. I wanted to put this on the site earlier — as I often read it at shows and people seem to really enjoy it — but I was waiting for it to show up somewhere off-site, but that doesn't seem to have materialized beyond the link above so here it is. I also felt bad about not having a blog or something to post for the last and next little while due to a heavy workload at the moment. The magic of this little poem is in the reading I think, but maybe when I'm back in Canada again I'll record a reading. Broadly, it's about travel and climate change (recurring themes in my writing). Hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think. Poems come slower than blog posts but I'll continue to post them here.