Remember to Breathe

the numbers look bad

the doctor pronounces

a life sentence

remember to breathe


love and affection cease

the death of anything

of real meaning

remember to breathe


redundancy upon redundancy

days blur together

endless, pointless

remember to breathe


another light is fading

the inevitable loss

comes ever closer

remember to breathe


it is the life I’m given

despite its trials

it’s up to me to

remember to breathe


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on October 29, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.

  1. Nicely written. Thumbs flying 😀

  2. Great one.

  3. I really liked reading this. 🙂

  4. Indeed….. Remember to ‘Live’. 😉

  5. Being asthmatic as well as having had open-heart surgery this rings a bell with me. We all take things for granted until we get to the point where we have to struggle for the next breath always praying it will not be the last.

  6. A great mantra for my daily life. Thank you

  7. Nice advise to all but I think the old folks need it more

  8. Love it I shared it with my twitter followers and my Facebook friends I know they will love it as well. Keep them coming! Shokai

  9. Love this piece, it’s the sort of thing to have pinned to your fridge to read every day!

  10. Thank you for this poem. With that first verse, I was back in the consulting room, nineteen years ago. Hope you don’t mind that I’ve re-blogged it on Cheesesellers Wife (

    • Thank you! 🙂 When the doctor says to look at the numbers closely and turns the computer monitor around for you to see it…it’s other than good news. Hope all is well. It’s great to meet you! BTW I’m happy to have you reblog this. Thank you!

      • Nineteen years ago, the consultant turned to look at me during an ultrasound scan of my unborn daughter, and I saw he was crying. I thought my heart had stopped. The registrar leaned across into my field of view and said “Remember to breathe”.

        It is also what the midwife said to my son immediately after he was born a few years later…..

  11. John….Beautifully written. I can feel the sadness.

  12. I liked this one a lot. Liked the repetition. Mindfulness. Breathing is the bottom line. We do it till we run out of breath. All the best to you.

  13. Powerful piece. As long as one can remember to breathe, all is not lost!

  14. There is such a stark clarity to your poetry…

  15. Sounds so true. Plus, written beautifully. I loved the repetitiveness. Yay!

  16. It’s up to me remember to breathe…this sentence really got me! Thank you, I really needed this 🙏🏻😌👌🏻

  17. Must remember to remember. Thanks! Great work.

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