“Remember To Breathe” Poem of the Day (2022)

Remember To Breathe

By Ashley O’Hare

When I was young I was taught

that breathing is involuntary.

If that is true, then why is each breath caught 

in my throat when my blood pressure rises?

Why does my brain believe breathing is auxiliary?

Heartbeat, blinks, blood flow— none are prizes.

None can ever be bought.

None can be solved with 2-day shipping.

Surely it is not like my brain merely forgot

that it is not a burden to ensure my survival.

I must have a factory defect—

an integral malfunction.

Surely it is something that can be fixed

before I run out of oxygen

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