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  1. Deborah Moss says:

    A brilliant poem.

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  2. Bushka says:

    Powerful, expressive and evocative. Most telling line:
    ‘This night is full of last breaths.’ 👍🏽

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  3. countingsheepstudio says:

    This is a hauntingly beautiful poem, one to ponder on for days.


  4. cote8050 says:

    Wow, this poem is amazing, so moving and the blogger about is right, one to think about… thank you. Michelle


  5. stuartmbuck says:

    really nice visceral poem. agree with the line ‘this night is full of last breaths’ being a winner.


  6. Susan D. Durham says:

    You’ve expressed this in ways no op-ed piece or talking head could dream of touching. Brilliant.

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  7. Somebody says:

    Very nice! (And btw: I love the art you choose to go along with your words.)

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  8. Nurse Kelly says:

    The images you convey with your words are just so real – the depth of feeling, your feelings, really translate. Just brilliant 🙂

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  9. Very evocative and disturbing at the same time, and touching to find some grace amid turmoil.
    Is this from experience, or feelings?
    Either way, well done Elan.


  10. grantman says:

    This piece took me back to when I used to live in Washington, D.C. ..not uncommon to hear shooting at night…you captured that feeling of fear and the shortness of breath and life beautifully…nice job

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  11. Renee Lishka says:

    Very thought provoking and relatable.


  12. charlenekez says:

    Words woven wonderfully… nice post!

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  13. neerja2014 says:

    Evocative, provocative, brilliant. I love the lines

    “Does breathing know things…

    I don’t know? …. Like…

    Being scared, being prepared.”
    If we allowed ourselves, subconsciously we would know the right actions.

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  15. neerja2014 says:

    I wrote blogpost Breat of Life – with a pingback to you.

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  16. matt says:

    This is wonderful, well done! I love how you explore the connection between breathing and so many others things – two people, the present, the future.

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  17. cbeckwith32 says:

    This poem hurts in the best way.


  18. Jack Motley says:

    Oh my, you have some wonderful poetry, Elan. I’d like to follow you to learn more about the craft from you.


  19. Wow, once again powerful commentary on life in America in the 21st Century, how sad for us and even sadder for the victims and their families.


  20. Fun Simplicity says:

    HI Elan, I’ve nominated you for Premio Dardos Award. Cheers! (


  21. Sharron says:

    Exquisitely meaningful poetry. It felt like it jut flowed from your heart.
    Yes, all lives matter and we see them drift away in so many different ways.

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  22. vivachange77 says:

    Powerful, beautiful words about the simplest and most essential things. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

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  23. petraperkov says:

    Your words are simply riveting.


  24. I wish I could write this beautifully..!! Mesmerizing ❤


  25. Joyful2bee says:

    Poignant words that portray so much! Wow!


  26. Ralph says:

    Besides touching the guts of us all, these words might find a wall in many Trauma Centers and ER’s . ….Proud…..


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  28. skat says:

    This photo is familiar; is it Irish Archives? Some of those old black and whit shots make great jumping off points. This is a great poem.


  29. LAMarcom says:

    I like this.
    A lot.


  30. pen4fantasy says:

    It’s as if the words acquire life in your poetry.
    Using your own title, I’m tempted to add, in your art, ‘All Words Matter.’
    For, each silent space between the words feels like a breath spent in worthy reflection.


  31. Very well-expressed. A beautiful and powerful piece!


  32. Ink Pastries says:

    WOW, and I was just outside listening to crickets and stars breathe before I came in and read this. Great poem.


  33. michnavs says:

    filled with emotions……


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