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101 Things in 1001 Days: Breath/Breathing

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


A story of my breath

Some things leave me breathless

Walking up a flight of steps at 28 weeks pregnant
Making love with my husband

Some things take my breath away

A stunning view
A pair of to-die-for shoes
The love for my daughter

Some things make me catch my breath

A piece of good news
Cold water on my skin

Some things make my breath stop

Seeing pain and suffering
Unbearable disappointment
The loss of a friend or loved one

I use my breath in many different ways and for many different things

To –

Centre myself
Keep stress at bay
Release tension
Get that stubborn smudge off a mirror
Stream up a window to write ‘I love you’

And now the Haikus...

The Kiss

As heads draw closer
Their breaths becoming as one
They await the kiss


I watch as you leave
My breath catches in my throat
I refuse to cry

Breath, great healer

Mummy it’s hurting
I hold your finger and blow
The pain goes away
And finally, from an unknown writer...
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Blogger Kamsin said...

I especially like the haiku about taking a child's pain away. If only it remained so easy to heal the places where it hurts. Some great thoughts on breath and breathing.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger 1blkquill said...

I see you were on a roll here, great haiku's! I really enjoyed the read. Its amazing how many things in life capture our breath.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous Brian said...

So many wonderful expressions to breathe in and enjoy. :)

A delight to behold and read.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

This post was really so yummy- we take our breath for granted so many times and it's amazing how it sustains us even when we are not paying attention to it! You certainly pay attention to your breath- I loved the lists and the haikus!
The kiss haiku- I am awaiting that one...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger rhino said...

what a great meditation on breathing...thanks!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Roswila said...

Mummy it’s hurting
I hold your finger and blow
The pain goes away

I enjoyed your entire post, but particularly the above.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous Irene said...

so beautifully written. I love how I can breathe between each sentence :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tammy said...

These were all wonderful looks into how you breath. Really nice!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I like all the different ways you chose to look at this. Makes you realise breathing is in everything.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Interesting variety of perspectives here...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007  
Blogger jem said...

Great stuff. I really enjoyed the whole journey through your breath. And especially the 'I refuse to cry' haiku.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007  
Blogger getzapped said...

Wow, you enjoyed this one ;) I did too, and especially your haikus. They took my breath away. I can relate to the goodbye as I am just breaking up with my boyfriend and this is very hard, but the healer is refreshing and sweet, I know someone will blow on my hurt heart and make it feel better. Thank you for such thoughtfulness.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Wow, you this one well! Loved your list and your haiku.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007  
Blogger whitney said...

Wonderful haiku, and I love the quote you posted at the end. I really enjoyed your lists of the different ways you breathe.

Thursday, March 22, 2007  

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