It is the inhale which needs room.
Breath cannot happen without space—
ribs and muscles stretch,
clothing gives way,
dust moves aside.
Particles of air know this, as
they themselves are mostly empty space.
An organism stakes its claim in the world
by expanding long enough to breathe.
We allow one another to do this,
and we marvel,
Copyright © 2013 Donna Milton
“Donna Milton transplanted herself to Pasadena after college and has been a grateful participant in and consumer of the region’s rich arts and culture ever since. (Go, ECPAC!)”