Just a Game of Two...

By andhaka


Then open tender lips
And release the screams
From your tiny weak chest 
As they cut you for the first time 
Umbilical snipped apart 
And lay you in a strangers arms 
As he smiles proudly claiming 
" it's a boy" 

Remember those first tears 
In that white walled ER 
The first time they celebrated as you wailed
The first time they rejoiced at your pain
Remember it for it's the first of many to come

Fast forward.

Walk through life head held high
Grey clouded skies and surrounded by lies
Until you spy her across the bar
Rustic rose lips, glittering blue eyes
She shows you the beauty in life
And holds you whenever you cry 

She was beautiful then 
That day back back when she had clear flesh
And voluptuous breasts 
And teeth were pearly and straight
The last time you saw her 
She'd lost some weight and ate
Barley anything 

She had forgotten how to smile
Her supple lips had withered and wrinkled
The color had turned to a wilted brown
Then as she lay in your arms you watched...
You saw her frown shift to a smile
A peaceful glow settle unto her 
Wrinkled angelic face and it twisted
In that bittersweet expression
That she will forever hold in place
That's all you remember as you lay 
In the same hospital , In a different bed, on a separate day 
And the men in pastels try to stop 
The blood you shed, but fail
The world fades out and all you hear
Is the mere sound of your fainting heartbeat
On repeat and the distant beeping sound of the monitor
Keeping track of your life and peeping grimly at your death 

And you think of that first breath
In an ER laying in a strangers arms
And you understand that it wasn't about that first
And it won't be about this last
But the real meaning lies in all those in between
It's there as you lay in a different strangers arms
For the last time
That you realize this, at the same time
You understand that it is too late now to make those
Breaths that remained in between count...



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Copyright 2013 andhaka
Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.     Filed under: "Poetry"

Author's Note:

Life is but a game of two breaths...
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  • DaPurg3 On Monday, June 23, 2014, DaPurg3 (13)By person wrote:

    Holy crap... Beautiful... truly beautiful... loved it all.... Got confused a little but got right back on. I loved it hun. It was amazing :)

  • A former member wrote: Loved it and you are truly a writer. I guess the last part was death? A suicide? Or? You rock!!!

  • andhaka On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    Awe thanks hun i'm glad you liked it. The last part was just death in general. I heard someone say before that the first thing a child does when he/she is born is inhale, and then cry...and the last thing a human does before death is exhale. So the whole theme was that life is nothing but a game of 2 measly breaths. : )

  • darkheartmagic On Saturday, August 3, 2013, darkheartmagic (93)By person wrote:

    great job your poem did give me chills. keep up the great writes.

  • andhaka On Monday, August 5, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it : )

  • River Lily On Thursday, August 1, 2013, River Lily (1162)By person wrote:

    This gave me chills, so much wisdom and truth penned here, you captured something amazing within the lines. I have to bookmark this so I can come back and read again. Amazing hon. Scholar

  • andhaka On Thursday, August 1, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    Haha woo a bookmark : ) Thanks Hun I'm glad you liked it.

  • dwells On Thursday, August 1, 2013, dwells (5702)By person wrote:

    Just lovely and Khalil Gibran never came close to saying it any better. This was absolutely marvelous, thank you Andy!

  • andhaka On Thursday, August 1, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    I don't know who that is but you've got my curiosity so I will look into him / her. And thanks so much dwells :)

  • PoetessDarkly On Thursday, August 1, 2013, PoetessDarkly (1005)By person wrote:

    awesome girl! you rock! this one gave me chills but of course all your work does :)

  • andhaka On Thursday, August 1, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    Haha awe so sweet :) thanks Hun

  • jerryrickard On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, jerryrickard (41)By person wrote:

    Bravo, man

  • andhaka On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, andhaka (205)By person wrote:

    Thanks : )

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