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An army hardened to dying,
To killing and to dying,
Stood still among the wraiths
As the smoke rose.
The world was asking in horrified wonder,
'Six million? Where did they go?'
Their suffering had vanished.
The smoke rose from the chimneys.
We breathed them in.

A man with a gun walks the Killing Fields.
His family died here. His mother died here.
He might have killed her himself.
The smoke rises.
There is always fire.
We breathed them in.

The air passes through us, not by us.
Our fellow human beings
Do not touch us without effect.
We share everything. Our bodies, our spirits,
Our evil, our pain - our redemption?

The towers fell, and the cloud rose.
Teams waited for the wounded.
None came.
They were dead, pounded to air.
The smoke rose.
The cloud enveloped us all.
We breathed them in.

------
Paul Godfrey


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The following comments are for "Breath of Life"
by SamPark

gret write
Just new to sight was going through titles This was a great write As I was reading I could also be in that persons place Great write
Sandman

( Posted by: Sandman [Member] On: January 31, 2005 )

desert poem
Hello, sandman! I had thought that this poem had been lying among the dry bones too long to be found! Glad you liked it. I was actually thinking about places in the Bible where life from God was blown about on the surface of the empty Earth when I started the poem. I may try again, but I am glad that this one turned out well enough to be enjoyable. Thanks.

( Posted by: SamPark [Member] On: February 1, 2005 )





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