Chris Duffy

Breathe




Breathe !

 

While I still breathe there is hope.

When I inhale my mind clears.

Nothing has been learned despite the passing of the years.

Regrets, nothing left to say.

I’d like to stop the world, cut my losses, run away.

Time is like the huntsman's vicious hound.

No matter where you hide, he’ll ensure that you’re found..

 

Deep,deep breaths.

Desperately drinking in the antidote to death.

Life at any cost

Recounting what you’ve lost.

Looking back on youths impatient rush

Hold your breath and listen to the hush

 

Tired but insistent.

Wishing life was different.

Reflecting on the choices and the tangled web we weave.

No need for apologies, no time for reprieve.

No time left to hold unless we breathe. 

 

Inhale, buy yourself some time.

Seeking out your destiny further down the line.

Breathe,tell yourself from life you’ll never tire.

Head above the water or choking in the fire.

Dodging, ducking, weaving, always on the move

Try to find some peace,your broken soul to soothe

Care not what you were or how you leave.

Close your eyes and don’t forget to breathe.

  • Author: Chris Duffy (Offline Offline)
  • Published: August 5th, 2022 00:44
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Comments7

  • tallisman

    Hi Chris, really thought this was really good, and it’s one of those poems that should be read outloud.
    Brilliant!

    • Chris Duffy

      Morning Tallisman
      It really is an honour and very humbling to receive such high praise from seasoned wordsmiths such as you my friend.
      When I say " Seasoned" I don't mean covered in salt and pepper !

      Have a god day buddy.

    • L. B. Mek

      (one sipped breath, at a time
      we find
      life, awaiting our awareness
      just gotta remember
      each sip, is a gift
      and we're one stifled breath
      from that most permanent
      and impotent of belated, regret...)
      so much learned, wisdom
      in such a short read
      thanks for sharing, dear Poet

      • Chris Duffy

        Good morning L B Mek.

        Thank you so much for your kind critique and comments.

        I really am just a novice, feeling my way around but I'm encouraged to continue by your kind messages.

        I wish you health and happiness.

        Many thanks.

      • Neil Higgins

        Hi Chris.I have been "on gardens leave" for a few months,and I then read a gem such as this.

        • Chris Duffy

          Neil.
          Sincere thanks.

          I’m really just stumbling around subjects that interest me and I find writing both therapeutic and almost compulsive.

          I’m not in the same league as some of you guys but thanks once again for your kind words.

        • Aradhya

          we always tend to forget just how much precious a gift life is. this made me remember, realize and cherish every moment i spend more and to never leave behind regrets. thank you for sharing so much wisdom in such a few lines!
          keep it up!

        • Aradhya

          we always tend to forget just how much precious a gift life is. this made me remember, realize and cherish every moment i spend more and to never leave behind regrets. thank you for sharing so much wisdom in such a few lines!
          keep it up!

          • Chris Duffy

            Thanks 🙏 for your kind feedback

          • Doggerel Dave

            For me it has always been 'one day at a time'; however I can, at this point in my life, see one breath as more appropriate, Chris.
            Neatly done - thanks.

            • Chris Duffy

              Thanks Dave.
              Great to hear from you and to know that you are still breathing.:)

              Take care buddy.

            • MDStone

              Great writing, comforting, and hope restoring. Thank you for sharing. Novice… hardly. Great poetry!

              • Chris Duffy

                Hi.

                Thank you for your kind comments.

                I'm learning all the time and beginning to write what I feel rather than what I think and it's enlightening.



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