Breath Prayer

Breathe they said
take a breath in
let the breath out
so hard to breathe

I can’t breathe

Open the bellows of your body
they said
take the air in
now, let the air out

I can’t breathe

My lungs are full
no room for air
a machine breaths for me
pushing air in, out

I can’t breathe

No air in
no air out
block on my neck
lungs bursting

I can’t breathe

A people cry
I can’t breathe
black, brown, yellow
people

I can’t breathe

A people cry
I can’t breathe
LGBQT, differently abled
people

I can’t breathe

A people cry
I can’t breathe
Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, all cultures, all faiths
people

I can’t breathe
I can’t breathe
I can’t breathe
I can’t Breathe

Ruth Jewell, ©June 9, 2020