Can’t Breathe

I breathe
But I feel like I am not breathing.
I breathe harder
Trying to fill my lungs.

Longer and stronger breaths I take.
Nothing is working.
My chest stays tight.
My lungs stay empty.

I close my eyes,
Staying as calm as possible
Thinking of the ocean
And gentle breezes.

Finally, I am able to breathe
One strong breath
That fills my lungs
And calms my heart’s beating.

Author:  Angie Velasquez

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