How do you stop the hurt of needing to breathe?
you don’t. let hurt and air sting the nostrils,
allow bitter breath to trouble taste, and when you have
closed off from the rest of the world because hurt hurts; when you have
sucked in as much as you can — trust.
your throat can bear the burn completely
let it out. let words wash, each time,
and feel the twinge
becoming breath sung through the box of the voice. muting
the cries, muting the screams. and as the draw continues,
continue to be touched–and open.
and what needs to be done is clear:
move to the wind pipe and be careful of the vulnerability
of your pull the slow burn of hurt exact. exposed. budding
let me hold you close at night whisper
sweet nothing sweet nothing
into the roots of your lungs. pull them out if you need to. pull
them out if you want. let hurt occupy most of the space
and when the breathing need of hurt blows
through the gullet of the heart,
in the lungs where it collapses the ache— ache. let hurt exchange blows
with hurt and hold, let the pain claw at the cavern,
the chest, press my hand to your heart.
inhale it. expand.
and at the height of distress, relax
push air out of the body, with it the waste.