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In gratitude to breath

Rosemary, Silver birch, Gum
Blue sky smeared with cloud whisp
Gentle breeze & summer bright sun
Quiet but for sweet bird song, insect choir, droning flightpath
I have my coffee, my hounds, my swing chair on the balcony
My breath… mindfully indulged, too often neglected &…
held
My breath, with which I laboured to press baby from womb.
My breath, held in desperation, fear, angst
My breath, freed in ribbons through chords to weave sweetest harmony
My breath, formed into cradling words of deepest love & longing
My breath, that I would offer in a heartbeat to keep you safe & well
My breath, that brings me back from turmoil, havoc & distress
My breath, that inward bound joy of Rosemary scent & gum fresh from leaf on wind tendrils
My breath – returning me to joy & peace amid the loss & drama
In the morning my hound greeting, check my breath, my presence
All is well – How I love these gentle summer moments
Alone – breathing.
Freedom

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''My breath,
with which I labored to press baby from womb.
held in desperation, fear, angst
freed in ribbons through chords to weave sweetest harmony
formed into cradling words of deepest love & longing
that I would offer in a heartbeat to keep you safe & well
that brings me back from turmoil, havoc & distress
that inward bound joy of Rosemary scent & gum fresh from leaf on wind tendrils
returning me to joy & peace amid the loss & drama
In the morning my hound greeting,
check my breath, my presence
All is well – How I love these gentle summer moments
Alone – breathing.
Freedom...'''

Your breath speaks of enduring fragrance
like roses and tulips marigolds maybe
sublimely profound poetry
Neo poet's
returned lady

As they say... "All you need is love". That was a lovely comment & yes, it might read better without the cumbersome repetition of "My breath"... I put it there, to remind myself though, as I too often forget to breathe... stupid isn't it, but I catch myself these days, a response to trauma I'm told... So "My breath" needs to be a mantra at times.

Thank you for your kindness & gentle warm feedback.

I think you are like myself... a searcher for the more loving way to exist in this life. xx

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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hanker
for
love
peace
recognition
harmony
and finally alimony

till we reach the end of the distant horizon
as the sun sets
lady
poetry is just a phase
in the transition mainly

thankeee lovely poetry
maketh ye
and me

... lovely

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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Funny, I made a note to look up "Alimony" later to see what else it might be suggesting (chuckle).

I am interested in your reference to construction, should I assume it was not to your liking? Feel free to opine....

PS it has nothing to do with early morning air, more about the restorative affect intentionally & mindfully breathing can have... I wrote it this afternoon, it's very hot Summer over here. I often wonder how things reach you guys over there in relation to seasons etc. I do love the early morning air too though & glad it came to your mind :)

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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I agree, & on rereadng I feel remiss since I do mention morning, describing my hounds morning ritual of checking if I'm breathing (or maybe if I've eaten something they would like to share?). So it would make sense to make that connection.

I've been a long time away & not writing so much so I feel I have a way to go to reach a level of writing I am happy with so, yes, I'm happy to be critiqued, I also agree there's no point in adding/changing etc. if something doesn't stand out to be changed. I appreciate your comments all the same. Anything helps when it makes one ponder how one's writing reaches others I think.

May you ever enjoy fresh morning air

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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jeesh" means "pee

sad coming from a dignified person like ye

I think it just took us by surprise Lovedly - It's not a "thing" over here, so I wasn't really sure if there was another context. Clearly you have a cheeky rhyming streak & are quite playful with your poetry....

Had a chuckle at the "Jeesh" means pee, & more-so that you rhymed it with ye... I got the sense of fun in it. It's all good. I'm sure Mark didn't mean to be offensive, he was just proverbially rolling his eyes... As he says, each to his own.

PS in what language is it pee? (Still chuckling)

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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u r BROADER MINDED
CLOUDS
Thanx

have said it better! I too, thought that you might do away with the "My breath", but it is your poem and your breath. I'm full of cabin fever and can't wait for the snow to leave and the flowers and grass to grow. Thank you for giving me a couple of minutes with you in Spring. ~ Geezer.
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When the poem actually names Summer? I do think it has to do with the seasonal opposition over there... It was a very hot day for regional Vic. Australia today (bushfire weather), but it was so peaceful down my dirt road in my little town.

Yes, I agree with Lovedly as well... the Repetition of "My breath" is cumbersome... I will think on it though, as I said to Lovedly, it was intentional, a mantra of sorts to remind me to help get through some challenging stuff that I was struggling to be happy beyond (usually I'm not bad at just getting on with it & not letting things get to me, but I have my days & today was one of them, so I went out on the balcony to have a break & a coffee... & this was what happened! I began to take lovely breaths & it felt good.

I think I will probably remove the repetitions, it seems there is consensus that it reads better & I am here largely to develop my writing so it reads better, despite my own indulgence..

Sending some of the peace & warmth your way Gee

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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Inspires such a taking breath piece, I would pay whatever it costs Anni
I very much enjoyed this piece.
Kudos to you ❣️

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I suspect you guys are hanging out for Spring... it was a beautiful hot Summer afternoon breath, but no less refreshing... I am so very lucky to live in a beautiful place with bush & birds & often quiet (Though sadly there are several houses that have been built in my dirt road gully... well, 3 in the last few years with one so close next door & one directly across the road. I planted the gums & silver birch I mention in the poem, to filter out the sense of having lost space & bushland)...
Glad you enjoyed it... Remember to breath :)

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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I found y first reading more accurate. Nothing but the breath.
Still enjoyed⁦☕

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So many nice images and flow. The lengths of the lines are irregular, but works for me as it's in free verse list poem. Reading it a few times 2 things came to mind. Each of the lines "My breath.." should be in an indented section, separate from the opening. In a sense of form it just feels it need a bit of separation.

In the end:
My breath.....
My breath – returning me to joy & peace amid the loss & drama

In the morning my hound greeting,
check my breath, my presence
Alone – breathing.

I left out (most importantly) "All is well – How I love these gentle summer moments"
That's telling us, a statement- but we "feel" it in the poem, no need to say it.
I also took out the word "freedom." We feel that freedom from the list of wonderful images of the breath. I think it's reaching out where it's already been.

In a small way it reminds me of a poem Ma Femme by Andre Breton because of the way the My breath lines works...take a look!

Eumolpus
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
ee cummings

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Eumolpus
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
ee cummings

Wow, may I say reading that response was like taking a refreshing breath, hopefully you can intuit all that entails & it's high value to me. I feel any comments left are essentially a gift, & this is a beautiful hand made creation that has many facets, thank you hardly does it justice, but I do. I need to come back to it & savor it with more space, but I really appreciate the insights & will definitely go & read the suggested work.

I come from a "self developed solo writer" space... having kept "a little black book with my poems in" since I was about 12... never thinking anyone would read any of it except for some of the songs I have written. In a way, for me, writing is a little like flying, I think only other writers might understand that. But I think you have a more scholarly approach to it, that humbles me in a good way. I know I have so much to learn & very much appreciate your eye on my work. It feels so clean & enriched by a broad perspective.

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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Love, love, love. I spent so much time soaking it in I didn't even pick out anything to critique. I just savoured it. This is poetry at it's finest, beautiful lady.

Katie

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Thank you for your warm encouragement... Very kind - Glad you enjoyed.

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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I would love to hear an audio version of this.
Good as it is on the page, I suspect if it were performed in a,,, *Ahem*,,, breathy manner it could be great.

Anyway, I enjoyed it.

Obi.

Hi Obi, nice pun there. Funny isn't it, I am a singer/songwriter, but the thought of recording myself reading this makes me really nervous! Aren't we funny creatures!

I am putting you on my list to read, thanks again... I'll be back tomorrow.

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

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