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#428633 - 03/21/13 08:01 PM Lungs are no Respecter of Depth
Jacob S Offline
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 594
I'm not sure if this is a poem as much as it is a journal entry that couldn't hold its shape, but I wanted to share it:



THERE IS A LIE INSIDE OF ME THAT TELLS ME I DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SO UPSET


12 feet or 12 miles down . . .
underwater is underwater.
drowning is drowning.
Once you are caught
Pulled under the surface
Exactly how deep you go
doesn't really matter

And no one ever says to a drowning victim
"You have no right to be dying
You were in the Atlantic,
not the mariana trench"
No one would try to get you to breathe
Before they pull you up

If you are fighting and kicking
and pushing your way back up
don't let them tell you it wasn't real
just because you could
see the sun the whole time

Below is below is below
You cannot breathe down there
Don't beat yourself up for it

The line between ocean and air is very clear
All water under that line suffocates
You are not to be dismissed
just because you couldn't breathe.
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Like a spent gladiator
crawling in the colosseum dust
who can count on his remaining limbs
all the people he can trust.
Like the one who stands behind him
cheering him on
Estatic when he stands defiant,
wild with abandon when he's gone

just stay alive.
do whatever you need to.
you are worth it.

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#428640 - 03/21/13 08:50 PM Re: Lungs are no Respecter of Depth [Re: Jacob S]
traveler Online   confused
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3399
Loc: somewhere in Africa
Jacob -

excellent analogy!

and it sure sounds like a poem to me -
- a pretty good one, at that!

Lee
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As my life goes on I believe somehow something's changed
Something deep inside...
I've been searchin so long to find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning
Now I see myself as I am, feeling very free...
When my tears have come to an end I will understand
What I left behind: a part of me. Chicago


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#429483 - 03/29/13 02:49 PM Re: Lungs are no Respecter of Depth [Re: Jacob S]
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Edited by bodyguard8367 (02/26/14 09:56 PM)

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#429517 - 03/29/13 10:59 PM Re: Lungs are no Respecter of Depth [Re: Jacob S]
kcinohio Offline
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Registered: 06/06/12
Posts: 323
Loc: Ohio
Great analogy. Thanks.

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#429522 - 03/29/13 11:53 PM Re: Lungs are no Respecter of Depth [Re: Jacob S]
Jacob S Offline
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Thanks guys. And thanks for reminding of this. Sometimes I go up and down so fast, words from barely a week ago seem like long forgotten knowledge.
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Like a spent gladiator
crawling in the colosseum dust
who can count on his remaining limbs
all the people he can trust.
Like the one who stands behind him
cheering him on
Estatic when he stands defiant,
wild with abandon when he's gone

just stay alive.
do whatever you need to.
you are worth it.

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#429556 - 03/30/13 08:05 AM Re: Lungs are no Respecter of Depth [Re: Jacob S]
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 767
Loc: upper south
"Below is below is below
You cannot breathe down there..."

So many times in my life I have felt this. Life is a long swim, sometimes up stream. Believe it or not, this piece has reminded of a recurring dream I have had of water that has created a pretty big fear.

Thanks for the writing, Jacob.
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For now we see through a glass, darkly.



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