Each Breath

In and out, inhale and exhale.
Not promised yet necessary.
One by one, a gift.
Out of our hands yet essential to life.
Entering as cool, exiting warm.
Filling and emptying at the same time.
We long to hold the intangible.
We demand to control the untamable.
Every one a practice of receiving and releasing.
Peace within is learning to let go of the next one.
Each breath.

*Written on July 11, 2017 in a poetry class with Healing Well.  This was in response to the lessons I learned in Costa Rica when I was scuba diving.