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


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

    once it’s out there, it’s out there –

  2. I’ve found that sometimes the only way to start letting something go is by putting it out to the universe, i.e., speaking it aloud. Little that any one of us might say out loud would shatter the universe but sharing it in word may save ourselves. Then again, there are great poets like you whose shared words we look forward to every day! Love you!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I would agree. sis. Sometimes we do not fully understand our own feelings until we are forced to verbalize them. Once heard out loud, they can become a great epiphany to understanding ourselves. Love you forever!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I’ll never think about breatiing the same way! wonderful…

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Our words always matter—only topped by our actions.

  5. Very true and very wise counsel my friend. Beautiful.

  6. We bathe so many breaths in mouthwash and breath spray and still the words we spew are not yet sweet enough.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a lovely way to describe the importance of what can come out of our mouths. It can be a beautiful thing or hurtful thing. Beautiful piece Brad especially the last stanza. Love ❤️ Jonikins

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