The Breath of Life



Five times I gulped again,

The Welsh hillside, on a winter’s night,

Saved by the telegraph pole,

Then gasping for breath, I accepted it all,

Yet was reprieved. Twice.


Appendix bursting in a rear seat,

And the Lockerbie airplane,

As the wind blew in the mountains of NH,

Almost dismounting me,

For the last time.


These breaths are were not my last.

For a reason to be determined.