The whole world seems out of breath, gasping between the frenzied moments. The darkness of night crackles, buzzes, beeps and blinks. Compulsive news binging. Emergencies from every corner of the globe pulse through our minds. Currents of chaos fill the waking hours. I cannot remember why I got up. I cannot remember who got up.
One argument gives way to another argument gives way to another protest gives way to teeth set on edge. Hands clenched. Backs arched. Joy banished: thrown down into a dry well. Heart pulsing to the drums of doom, more doom, and a little more doom.
I cannot hear the whispers. I cannot hear the sound of music in shuddering silence.
Pause. Watch. Wait. Listen
In the gentle susurration of breathing, I return to the simplicity of prayer. Inhaling, “Lord.” Exhaling, “Mercy.” Lord. Mercy. Lord. Mercy. Lord. Mercy.
Stilling heart and mind before the All. The Holy. The Word who fills His forms with breath, life.
Teach me, Lord, to speak one true word, one seed swirling in light and not a thousand pounds of crushing concrete.
Or simply let me breathe.