guy walks into a bar…

meet the family

Acquiesce to the contrary,
do you think before you breath?
Autonomics aside,
grocery lists, animals
that died before you could
be sure death is a
permanent affliction, that
kind of thing;
times you laughed
after an orgasm
or chocolate chip cookie
and pushed aside to
breath deeply
of the air around your head.

Shall we stand around,
pretending that cold creme
salve’s the soul,
that respiration is the whole
equation, everything that
counts for something else;
serving, all without enough
imagination to do something
aside from breathing.

Surely something as intense
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue must be a choice.

Surely something as intense
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue is just how these things
are done.

Metabolized drama that sounds
to the untrained ear
like laughter, and sometimes
sorrow. That’s what happens
when illustrations are all symbolic
and the rationalists break out
into splinter groups.

Breath for as long as you wish,
or is it can?
These days the difference is
less than it once was,
though luckily for us (I
suppose) there is still
some difference.

Surely something as eloquent
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue must be a choice.

Surely something as eloquent
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue is just how these things
are done.

Of course, we can fracture.
Maybe one half of the equation
is free to all the slaves
and servants,
even if that’s all there is;
which is to say,
that’s us.

Surely something as eponymous
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue must be a choice.

Surely something as eponymous
as pulling oxygen through lung
tissue is just how these things
are done.

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