How to Breathe

How to Breathe

A Poem by Girl Friday (Sarah W.)

in bed again     same cinematic deliverance

playing for the sixth time this week     it seems

easier to get lost when I already know the ending


this morning I sewed your forgotten sweater

into an oversized pillowcase     a weak attempt

to reconcile the wreckage that was left behind


because my hands needed something to do

because I needed to focus on stitches not senses


to miss something that never truly existed

seems a terrible waste of time     and yet

I drift between giving up and getting on

like a buoy unbound in a somber sea


there is no pattern     no constant to cling to

hope sheds her scaled skin like a reptile

while I shut my eyes and try to remember

            how to breathe

© 2013 Girl Friday (Sarah W.)

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"Focusing on stitches not senses." ❤️ So many ways we numb ourselves!

Posted 6 Years Ago

So much passion, so much pride....Very well penned my lady, I was clinging on every word, thanks for sharing


Posted 6 Years Ago

well done! deeply emotive ..the first waking after the blow can i relate was like being rudely awakened, hit silly with a two by four..spun ten times around like in pin the tail on the donkey ..then told to get the hell to work have responsibilities .. but crying all night has hurt and seared my eyes ..and i can't move .. boy do i ever relate my friend have said it perfectly as far as i'm concerned ..for me it was so long ago but my thoughts of it have no problem resurrecting my dulled by years sensibilities ..really well done says i! i am right by your protagonist all the way
ps great title in my opinion

Posted 7 Years Ago

Between giving up and getting on. That sentence describes what we all sometimes feel when hit by a great feeling of loss.

I enjoyed this poem very much.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Brutally beautiful - provoked a lot of thoughts so excellent write

Posted 8 Years Ago

I found in this a kindredship, and it hit with a personal hammer. very nice. thanks.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Perhaps the less lines of verse required to convey the complete package of emotion, reality, sentiment and context then the greater the poem. You have that mastery of a few simply turned verses that paint the complete story. But what impresses is the exquisite capture of those all telling snippets, a few drops of blood from the heart...

Posted 9 Years Ago

very deep and amazing you grabbed my attention and i can really feel this person desperation to breathe through the pain thanks for sharing

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is such an amazing piece Sarah! The title pulled me in. I have felt like this before and you have pulled me in so deep with your strong and soft words. You really know how to grab someone's attention! Good job :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Ooooo, I can relate, Sarah. Trying to survive heartbreak is such the struggle. You've said it all and captured the feeling through your perfect words. This is what I love about your poetry, you make me feel.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on November 21, 2013
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Girl Friday (Sarah W.)
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