Friday, January 18, 2013

there's a lot to be said for breathing


yesterday i went to a cancer doctor.
i don't have cancer, i have a blood disorder,
among other things.
but lots of people there had cancer,
and they smiled and laughed
and made appointments for their chemo
and talked about movies and life
and were so darn
brave.
they probably don't feel brave.
they probably would rather be cowards
and healthy.
i know i would.
but i don't get to choose,
and neither do they.

i went for a walk after that —
put on my boots and my wool coat
and took the dog for a walk.
ephemeral raindrops brushed my lips
and melted there.
the dog sniffed things while the trees
reached for the sky
and a hawk soared above them,
into the gray.
i breathed in and out,
and kept doing it.
there's a lot to be said
for breathing.




15 comments:

HisFireFly said...

breathing here
and not wanting to be too brave

Debbie D. said...

How can you use words like "the dog sniffed things" and it sound so beautiful?!

Here is one of my favorite songs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oad8ov10AjY

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, you're so right, and I'm often to be heard saying it: "Breathing really comes in handy" after a long bout of coughing, sneezing, or other breathless behaviors.
You're also right about cancer patients. Visiting a cancer patient is a sure cure for the blues or, even worse, self-pity.
Love, K

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

now.
that is being in the moment.
xn♥

Deborah Carr said...

This is another reason why I love you from afar.

Deb Colarossi said...

Leslie?

love you.

that is all

ayala said...

There is a lot said for breathing. xo

S. Etole said...

The breath of life is a most excellent thing. Prayers ...

Nancy said...

Breathing is necessary to life but so often like other things in our lives, we tend to take it for granted....Thank you for causing me to stop and think about the moments that go along with the breaths.....

Rebecca Jerdee said...

Oh my. Breathing. Good to be mindful of breathing. Living.

Lovely verbal expression of your experience.

Tracy said...

Breathing is like prayer, I think...sustaining, giving, supporting. :o) Happy to be here and breathe with you, my friend. Thank you, as always, for the honesty of your experience shared here. Thinking of you... ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

Nancy said...

Some days when I'm counting gifts, all I've got is breathing in and breathing out. And some days, that is enough.

Loree said...

That's beautiful Leslie and you can tell that it's written straight from the heart.

Thoughts for the day said...

Sounds like my husband when he goes in for his 'blood' disorder he has to sit in a cancer place too. It bothers him since his mom died of cancer but he also knows he can share with them and give encouragement.

Jennifer Richardson said...

very bravely said:)
-Jennifer