colin is in north carolina

visiting his parents


he drove his f-150   he'll be gone a while

i'm staying with his grandfather  


i'm feeling sick to my stomach   orlando

we're listening to some of colin's grandfather's records   vinyl

a lot of duke ellington   sarah vaughan

a lot of that ilk   it helps

the needle comes to the end of its circling every twenty minutes or so  

then scritches its way around and around

until i flip the record   or put on a new one   but this one  

the one i'm listening to now

i'm setting the needle back to the beginning   over and over   i'm not sure why


my heart is racing   maybe i drank too much coffee   

maybe i miss colin's presence   i do

but i know better   it's orlando   i can't breathe properly   




funny   colin sent a text   one word   when he heard the news   he said   breathe










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Written on 2016-06-14 at 01:00

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"Catching" your breath is something us humans do on hearing bad news, Colin comforts from afar.

Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
I'm finding the words hard to put on this poem but I know and feel exactly what you mean, I was talking with a friend of mine - breathe, that is what you must do, then the world must take stock

Elle x

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
This is extremely powerful. We hold our breath when we hear of these things and think of others. A wonderful piece.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
ORLANDO - the city, the shooting, the massacre! I've been reading about it all day and somehow I missed it here!
Breathe, breathe!!! So horrible!

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
This is enigmatic. One wonders about the significance of Orlando. Are we talking about the city or the singer, Tony Orlando? He made me sick to my stomach. If you stick with the jazz and back off on the coffee, I believe that you'll be okay.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
"No beating of the heart. No gasping breath, for a while"
Enjoyed reading this. :)
please breathe.