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Lexington Poetry Month
article by
E. Helmuth

My lungs are full of someone else’s smoke 
and I am suddenly very aware of how much I do not belong,
even though we have the same shoes on.

I am trying something new where I deal with my inability to interact
via deep breaths and not vodka sodas.
It’s not going very well so far.

That thing someone wrote on the wall helped though.
“Take a breath. You can do this.”
Thank you wall, I’ll try.

5 responses to “Show”

  1. i relate to this on a deep level

  2. Jim Lally says:

    this is so good on so many levels:
    the ironic twists
    the humorous asides
    the innocent sincerity
    the knowing fatalism

  3. Linda Caldwell says:

    Very real

  4. Bianca Bargo says:

    Love it!

  5. Edelweiss Meadows-Millstone says:

    I feel this poem. Great job!

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