Shallow Breaths

Every single breath,

Doesn’t feel whole.

It’s a tiny fraction of what it once was.

I don’t know why I let the pain in,

The hurt becomes too much to bare.

I haven’t been myself for a while,

And now everything is resurfacing suddenly.

I long for the time my breaths were whole,

A time my brain was quiet.

It seems so distant now.

I miss the days where being inside wasn’t claustrophobic.

The fresh air is calming,

But outside it’s too bright.

There’s not enough warmth in my heart to stand it.

So now I hover between,

Dark or light.

Accept breathlessness and remain in the shadows,

Or let my heart open up to the light.

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