NATALIE LYONS

Photography:  Holding on to Life
Photography | Holding on to Life | Ruth Anne Ranew
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EXHALING GRATEFULNESS

In honesty to the moment, I breathe
in soft autumn air and exhale
gratefulness, knowing
somewhere a mother wails
over the body of her brown-haired boy
crushed by falling rubble.
Another woman in another place opens
wide to love’s embrace. How is it
that I can best sympathize
with the world’s refrain?
In honesty to the moment, exhaling
gratefulness.