A Surprising Turn

Wanting to relax, to let go

 of all that held me tightly

in its grip, I turned my attention

to my breath, counting as

 I inhaled, then exhaled,

then inhaled again.


I was surprised  to find

 my eyes fill with tears,

tears not of sadness or relief,

 but simply tears of gratitude

 for the mystery of breath itself.

With that sudden flow 

of gratitude came an unexpected

letting go.



This entry was posted in poetry.

4 comments on “A Surprising Turn

  1. Quite beautiful, Joan.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. BHW says:

    Beautiful Joan!

    Liked by 1 person

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