Last Breath

I woke up

with my lungs leaping

into my throat

breath hard to come by

air impossible to claim

My brain clutched

in a war with my chest

breathe-or-cough

breathe-or-choke

breathe-or-faint

breathe-or-die…

Gasping and raking tears

out of angry eyes

I wondered if this is how

you often felt:

one cough away

it being all over

one cough away

from eternity

 

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