My alarm sounds off with a cathedral song
The coolness of the air a small sting when I throw off the sheet
And I’m suddenly aware of a small thing, I breathe.
I breathe in slow, a thirty count, and exhale
What is a long breath? Without it life would pale
I breathe in and hold till I gasp
My chest all tight my mind racing fast
I breathe! And I’m immersed in gratitude!
There on my left, my woman my wife
I recall her first morning in my arms; she became part of my life
Her heart a smooth beat there near her breast
A sweet whisper and her breath across my chest
She breathes! And I’m immersed in gratitude!
A rustling in the next room, my son's normal grumble
He flies down the stairs in a reckless tumble
I recall his very first breath, for his lungs a first test
When he joined us on our march to an inevitable death
He breathes! And I’m immersed in gratitude!
I hear the big lake throw her waves on my shore
Her tides come and go sometimes close to my door
Her lungs filled with all manner of life
The moon is her lover and he hugs her, each day twice
She Breathes! And I’m immersed in gratitude!
And through the glass pane before I rise
I see the twinkling of heaven's stars in the sky
A thousand suns born and spun
The universe alive with stardust and galaxies known to none
It breathes! And I’m immersed in gratitude!