learn to breathe

sitting in the dark

often as a young child

screaming with your mouth closed

tears streaming down

so far down

yet always

wondering

dreaming of the light

finding warmth

in all the wrong places

staring the nightmares

in the face finally

learn to breathe

did i ever know how

to breathe?

is it strange

that all you needed

was his love

to smile

find peace

and happiness

and i bore secrets

so many

a multitude as a child

they weighed me down

so far down

my soul tore asunder

and now the secrets

they no longer fester

i’m at peace with my chosen silence

and your smile it carries me through

always

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