If I Could...Just Breathe


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*Have I told you lately, but not today
The alluded charm has beat down my doors?
Perhaps
You know not what I am talking about
Or where this comes from, if not the heart
Hiding behind the shadow of smiles, reality drifting
I’m coming apart*


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I heard you whisper to my heart
So far away
The distance in the forever range
Can it be my mind playing games?
Yet
I close my eyes, and my soul smiles
Tossing out the truth for a while


Wherever you go, go with all your heart - Confucius



A flower. There must be a flower always, to color my world. This picture is dedicated to #MondayRed #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra.



*Whispered words, cannot be heard
But, only by the heart
As it should be
My love, my love*


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*they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?*
*i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.*
*later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,*
*"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"*
warsan shire


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What are the heart-shape flowers, Denise? They are so beautiful! ❤❤

16.03.2020 01:46
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Those are called Bleeding Hearts and are just coming into season now. They are one of the first spring flowers to bloom after the daffodils, of course.

How is your son today? xoxo

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16.03.2020 02:17
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Wooow! 😍 "Bleeding Hearts," what an appropriate name! ❤

My son is better now. So far, he didn't have a fever for more than 12 hrs now. And is bubbly and talkative as ever. 😂 Thank you for asking, Denise. And thanks for the prayers too. 😘

How's Covid-19 in your place?

Have a beautiful week ahead. ❤

16.03.2020 02:24
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Multiplying and dividing. They have closed major places and limited travel, but, I think it was too little too late. But, not panicking. I know things will be fine, just take more time.

So, it will run its course and God Bless us All.

Glad to hear that your son is doing well. Little kids are so resilient! Take care of YOU too!!!

A wonderful week ahead to you! ❤

16.03.2020 02:28
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I see. Glad that everything is in control. Here it's still in control too. (I just don't know if the government is keeping it from public so as to avoid panic. But hopefully they are not.) Major cities are in lockdown. Our city is not in total lockdown, but are checking the temperature of everyone entering the city. Hopefully, it can help. Because they say that the first few days, a patient can be asymptomatic. 😢😰

16.03.2020 02:36
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16.03.2020 02:17
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Very good looking photography and excellent poem

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16.03.2020 02:20
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Excellent composition Denise, I recognize the "Warsan Shire" quote, but is the rest of it original?
If so it is very tasty, and the images are delicious.
Thank you so much for sharing such beauty with us @dswigle

16.03.2020 01:51
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Thanks so much @jerrytsuseer! Are you talking about the whole poem? The poem was written by Warsan Shire and this is it in its entirety. I always post the entire thing because most people take it out of context by only using the Where does it hurt part. Then it loses the meaning of it.

The rest of the poetry is mine, as you probably guessed. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your words. I hope all is going well with you and you are feeling better every day!

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16.03.2020 02:23
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Whispered words, cannot be heard
But, only by the heart
As it should be
My love, my love

↑↑This part I assumed was you Denise?↑↑
But the last part of this,👇 👇 (and where the name Warsan is mentioned)

They set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?
i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,
"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"
Warsan Shire

I recognized and have used myself in the past.

As I said, all the words and images made for an impactful whole @dswigle ❤️

16.03.2020 10:29
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You are correct. The rest is original.

And thank you for your comment. @jerrytsuseer

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16.03.2020 02:23
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Well said, its good to hear and read your words repeatedly...

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your words behind! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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16.03.2020 02:49
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Sweet and gentle flowers to colour my heart with cheerful smiles for another nice peaceful day, full of promises and things to be done!

16.03.2020 02:58
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Good morning from here!! Thank you so much for your kind and gentle words. Oh, the day promises to be wonderful. Many things to be done, but, it has started quite nicely.

Have a peaceful evening @kaminchan

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16.03.2020 13:49
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Thank you very much!
Phew! What a week for me!! Quite busy.

Hope you’ll have an easy going week!

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17.03.2020 13:36
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Your poem has me a bit befuddled, like the speaker it seems. At first I thought it was a beautiful love poem, then second time through it seemed more an unrequited love poem, full of anguish:

Hiding behind the shadow of smiles, reality drifting
I’m coming apart

Then this:

So far away
The distance in the forever range

Forever gone. So sad!

Finally, a wish:

I close my eyes, and my soul smiles
Tossing out the truth for a while

Very moving! Even though the words are strikingly beautiful and of love, your poem leaves me bereft.

16.03.2020 03:56
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Ohhhh! So sorry for the confusing writings. These words were from long ago and far away. Not from the feeling of today, but, words of today. (Did that make sense?)

I thank you for your always deep thoughts and actually taking the time to decipher. I hope you are doing well and that the virus panic isn't impeding your life too badly.

Have a glorious day!

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16.03.2020 13:52
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Your photos are lovely. But your words are love itself with which nothing can compare to. Thank you for sharing them.

16.03.2020 05:05
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Thank you and thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave your words. Much appreciated!

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16.03.2020 13:53
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I actually just followed you which was something I thought I did last week after I submitted my maiden market friday post. I must have inadvertently missed clicking the follow button. I enjoyed your post, the poem particularly. There was no need for the tip really. But thanks anyway.

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16.03.2020 13:53
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Who cannot be swept up in those lovely words! I know I love to read them and matched with such nice shots, makes the whole package amazing.

16.03.2020 05:37
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Oh, you really do know how to turn a girl's head, don't you?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave such a kind and thoughtful comment. I hope you are having a most wonderful day!

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16.03.2020 13:55
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Hi @dswigle. Beautiful poem those words "I come from two countries". You ache for them both to be healthy and whole. But what can you do do buy pray.

Thanks for sharing, and have a great week ahead.

16.03.2020 05:43
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Oh, yes! The words of that poem are amazing, aren't they? Warsan Shire is quite talented in her poetry and writing of truth. I believe most people have only ever seen the most popular part of the poem, "Where does it hurt" Which is a shame as this is a wonderful piece - in whole.

All I do is pray. Exactly right. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your words.

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16.03.2020 13:58
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Beautiful poetry and photos as always my friend. I try to dig deeper in your words like an enigma that shy away to unfold. Have a great day!

16.03.2020 08:36
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Thank you so much. I have been thinking of you and your family, hope all is well with them and your surrounding area. Just know you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, reading my thoughts and words and trying to make your way into my thought process. :) Soft words to cover bigger things.

Le sigh.

Isn't that always the way. :) Thank you and have a great day!!!

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16.03.2020 14:01
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Thank you very much. We appreciate the prayers. Our region was just placed under community quarantine yesterday. People are mandated to stay at home. Only one person is allowed to go out to buy necessities. Stay safe my friend.

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16.03.2020 14:01
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9ijbty.pngHappy Monday beautiful Lady D ! ❤️

16.03.2020 09:17
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Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers! Always a flower! ❤️

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16.03.2020 14:02
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How nice you write, I liked it so much that I felt like reading more

16.03.2020 09:50
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That is such a kind thing to say! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your words behind. I hope you have a most wornderful day!

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16.03.2020 22:19
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Such beautiful photos wishing you a good week ahead

16.03.2020 10:09
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Thank you, my friend. For all the time and effort you spend, making each and every one of us feel special! I hope you week goes well!

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16.03.2020 22:20
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Always a pleasure to visit your posts, today well the last few days I have been a bit slack with visiting posts, but will get back into gear soon Posted with ![](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbroYujK9LNd2s8zDKPUCADmseyJDuNbhwBPrrF7xM8FL/logo-comment.png)

16.03.2020 23:33
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You always do such an outstanding job!

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16.03.2020 22:20
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This is a very nice and romantic poem Denise. You write them so well! The photo of the pink flowers reminds me of cartoon shields, and/or Alice in Wonderland for some reason. :)

16.03.2020 10:10
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HI @free-reign~!! Thank you so much and I always appreciate the time you take to stop and read and then comment. The pink flowers are called bleeding hearts and do have an Alice in Wonderland kind of mentality!

I hope all is going well with you and you are ready for the big move!

Have a great night~

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19.03.2020 23:38
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Very nice close-up photography! !giphy photographer !trdovoter

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Thank you so much for your wonderful commnt. I went over to your post to see what you have to say and was pleasantly surprised!

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16.03.2020 10:49
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Breathing ... A function so easy and at the same time so difficult.
A mechanical act of human nature
but it needs a lot of attention.

Have you breathed the same air as the people you love?
Have you sat at the seashore to breathe the light breeze of the sunset?
Have you felt that you are short of breath
when the person you love so much is not by your side
Or maybe, is he gone never to return?

A breathing that it causes me pain, a breathing that hurt me
Confucio has said: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart"
Something I had never read
Something I had never thought of.
If I could, I would give my soul and my whole life
If I could, I would breathe as deep as my lungs would allow
To shout that I can also let off steam me in a poem
and free me from what ails me.

Certainly, there are words that are heard by the heart,
 emotions that only sight can perceive and feelings that hands can discern.

16.03.2020 11:41
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Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Have a most wonderful day!

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19.03.2020 23:47
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Beautiful poem, beautiful words. Thank you

16.03.2020 12:17
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Thank you for my much needed daily dose of visual floral therapy, Denise! All the best to you on this Monday! @dswigle💕

16.03.2020 12:33
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Is that shot of the Bleeding Hearts recent? Just curious if yours are blooming now. They make awesome photographic subjects! Such a uniquely cool flower if you take the time to really look at them.. Which I have for some weird reason :-)

16.03.2020 12:38
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Sweet words this morning @dswigle :) I trust you and your family are well! Spring is on the way! Blessings!

16.03.2020 13:30
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Beautiful poem and photos, thank you for sharing!!

16.03.2020 13:44
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Really needed those gentle words in poetry to ease the burden of the day, thanks for gorgeous flowers, great to have you back again Denise.

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Beautiful words with a lot of musicality and beautiful photographs to inspire new verses to the reader.
Thanks for sharing, @dswigle

16.03.2020 16:57
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Beautiful words and flowers Denise. 💕 🌺 A breathe of fresh air in this worldwide panic of pandemic COVID-19 virus.

I imagine your travelling has been curtailed until this crisis is over. Stay safe!

16.03.2020 20:21
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Aw, you finally got to post! Yay! Really love those little bleeding hearts. They always made me really giddy as a child.

17.03.2020 00:56
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Nice close-ups @dswigle 💕

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17.03.2020 04:49
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Some of your words take my breath away, @dswigle.

i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

It must be a wild rumpus of a land of imagination and wonder inside your mind!

17.03.2020 13:38
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Beautiful poetry, love always inspires beautiful things. Thanks for sharing! @dswigle

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Thank you so much for the mention in the #SteemHitParade @Arcange! It is much appreciated and I also want you to know that all of the work that you have done on the platform has always made it a better place.

Thank you, always.

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19.03.2020 23:50
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Sounds to me like the song of a longing soul Lady Denise.
A beautiful poem serenaded by the flowers and your heart!
Blessings!

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