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POEM — To Breathe

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

she paced the kitchen, walking around the table bumping her hip against the back of the chairs. The skin became irritated. She made some coffee, adding an extra tablespoon of the grind and a dash of cinnamon. she began to pace again. The coffee maker was noisy, made an unnerving gurgling sound. Familiar, comforting smells began to permeate the room

 

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

she paused by the pot to breathe in the bitter oily scent and capture the sweet hint of spice. As the last few drops strangled out she checked the cupboard spotted the sugar and the fridge where she found the cream. she took them to the counter, she prepped her mug. Strong and sweet, her aspirations. she took her coffee to the backyard. The moon was full, the air was still, the night was silent, the grass was soft, moist, cushioning, cool on her skin. her head was pounding, her breathing

 

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

she wasn’t just trying to scare him, it wasn’t just a threat. Her husband slept, she stabbed him in the neck, this woke him up, he wasn’t happy, he made a gurgling sound, she plunged the knife again, this made her happy, he stopped, she stopped, satisfied – not the first time he had satisfied her in this bed.

 

She began to breathe deliberately in an attempt to exert some control

 

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After spending his formative years being tormented by nuns JJ (aka jfx mcloughlin) has recently joined forces with a very different kind of sister. Our go-to guy in case of zombie apocalypse or poetry crisis, he’s a writer with allota heart. And we love him for it.
JJ’s work appears around Twisted Sister, floating through the Twitterverse, and he remains the mysterious force behind deadsurvivors and jimmy junk. Be sure to check out Safe House,  Survivors of the Dead and look for JJ waving an AR-15 and booking it out of town.

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