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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)

TITLE: Billows Roll
By Emily Gibson
05/05/11


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For every inhalation
an exhalation-
what once was empty,
billows and then lets go.

That first breath
a moist initial tidal wave
blown out in bubbles
of briny amnion.

Inspiration
followed by expiration
in myriad voice expressing
music of words and sounds.

Cry and chuckle
singing and laughter
giggle and gasp

Cough and wheeze
sneeze and whistle
guffaw and whisper

Murmur and shout
titter and tee-hee
mumble and moan

Chortle and cackle
lament and yelp
hoot and howl

Instruct and teach
talk and speak
chide and rebuke.

Twitter and roar
whimper and weep
keen and bawl

Muse and hum
holler and bellow
lecture and reprimand

Sigh and simper
grumble and grouse
mourn and comfort

Until it comes to the end
when breath comes ragged
in gulps and halts
or barely at all

When that last soft exhale
blows out so slowly over the shore,
a wave leaving for unseen horizons
never to return again.


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Beth LaBuff 05/09/11
I've read this twice… gaining more each time. You exquisite ending haunts. Wow! I love your words!!
Joanne Sher 05/10/11
Beautiful word choice and images. Just lovely.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/13/11
What a beautiful way to describe the breaths of life. Congratulations for ranking 15 in Masters,