Breathing Room

Housing Shortage

I tried to live small.
I took a narrow bed.
I held my elbows to my sides.
I tried to step carefully
And to think softly
And to breathe shallowly
In my portion of air
And to disturb no one.

Yet see how I spread out and I cannot help it.
I take to myself more and more, and I take nothing
That I do not need, but my needs grow like weeds,
All over and invading; I clutter this place
With all the apparatus of living.
You stumble over it daily.

And then my lungs take their fill.
And then you gasp for air.
Excuse me for living,
But, since I am living,
Given inches, I take yards,
Taking yards, dream of miles,
And a landscape, unbounded
And vast in abandon.

You too dreaming the same.

–Naomi Replansky

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2 Comments on “Breathing Room”

  1. John Says:

    Wow. Cool poem. I can really identify with much of what is convayed here.

    Especially the middle section about taking only what is needed, yet needs continue to expand, creating the ‘clutter’ that becomes our living space.

    You have made me stop and think with this post, thank you!

  2. John Says:

    Oh darn, hit that ‘Post’ button too soon, I meant to go look up to see how bad I butchered ‘conveyed’. Just off by one letter, not too bad!!