This stagnant air
Pungent with pride
Obstinacy and malice!
Leaves no room to breathe.
The weave so thick
With every cause, every claim
Each voice just another noise.
No surprise there are no winners.
Acute pain or oblivion
Victim or perpetrator,
The weight so heavy, why bother to change!
Just surrender to your place in the chain.
Yet each day there’s a new dawn
Chance to shed the snake skin, leave behind yesterday.
Make the clean break
With a breath of fresh air.
Walk, even run away from the clatter,
But don’t turn that blind eye!
Summon the strength from within
With each in and exhale.
Rotating in our spaces
We may not know each other,
We may not even see each other.
But we are linked by times past and present.
Each one of our acts count.
From a hand in community work
To recycling plastic bottles
Or a simple smile and story shared.
Denying our obvious commonalities is ignorance accepted!
As this one world is home to all.
And even more basic
Is how we breathe,
The same air
In the same way.
A breath of fresh air.