Only Breath, a poem by Vickie Johnstone at

Only Breath

Only Breath

written by: Vickie Johnstone



I watch you fade out,
without words,
without action.
I fail to ask questions.
I fail to hold your hand
before it grows cold.
I watch you fade out,
stunned earth,
in a silence beyond silence.

A tranquil space
without any context
or walls;
we exist apart,
there is nothing else.
There is only breath.
I see you out
as you saw me in.

I see your face sometimes
half-sleeping, half-there,
and in my half-imagination
you kiss me goodbye,
and I am the child again.



Dedicated to my mother, who passed away in August 2020

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