one breath at a time

one breath at a time
note to self

if you pay attention to
your one dear breath—
the gift of lungs filling
with no conscious effort
how even when you’re
busy and thoughtless
of your breathing—still
only one precious
breath at a time
in and out, in and out
nourishing and sustaining

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—not final versions.