The first breath is exhilarating.
As you gulp down the foreign air
streaming in through the gap in the tube
you realize – you’ve been holding your breath
your whole life.
Before you comprehend what’s happening
you’re pushed out into the newness.
Your senses overload;
your previous understanding of the world
diminishes in blinding brightness.
You force open your eyes,
unable to do anything but breathe in
The particles filling your lungs
activate dormant connections in your cells
transforming you into something
beyond what you were.
You want to cry,
bombarded with stimulation,
with sights, sounds, smells
you had no idea existed
before today, before
your first day
snipped from the cord at your core
which had henceforth kept you alive.
You keep breathing.
It’s all you know to do.
Every breath you inhale new,
exhaling more and more of you.