With Each Breath


Five hundred million breaths

All it takes to see eighty years

Drawing in the oxygen that is

The oil to our body’s gears


Life held in each sweet gulp

Of the next there is little doubt

But what we are to our world

Is found in the pushing out


Exhaled words are our only means

To add depth to what people see

So, with each succulent, gifted breath

We should learn to speak carefully


An involuntary action of living

We may fill our lungs out of need

But what we blow into this world

Is what we consciously set free


14 Responses to “With Each Breath”
  1. beth says:

    and once it’s out there, there is no breathing it back in –

  2. Inhaling and exhaling are automatic within each of us – seems many have allowed to words pushed forth on exhales to become automatic as well.

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow, how cleaver this piece is Brad, seriously I love it. Comparing our breath with our exhale and the words that follow. So beautifully written. Something we all need to be cognizant of especially now. We should be spreading love and kindness.
    Great stuff my friend. Sending you lots of hugs and love and continued good health. 🤗❤️💕🦋 love ya Jonikins

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    So true my friend. The essence of good living, purposeful and righteous. You’ve written philosophy with beautiful words of art.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    what an inspirational poem to remind us to be careful what we putting out into the world…

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Words have consequences. We’ve been a witness to that in the last month.

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