Breathe Out in Black

This piece was inspired by the title of a Matthew Mayfield song.


long stark white hallways

of the maze in my mind

that I have rendered featureless


scrubbed clean

with sand

until it sparkles

until it bleeds

I have inhaled all the memory

all the chaos

the pain

deeply into my lungs

in an effort to purify it

bronchi of sage and charcoal

I breathe out in black

a thick cloud of smoke

that floats in the air

leaving me empty

momentarily pure



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© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

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