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Sweet Air
by Theresa Peluso
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Living with asthma becomes a metaphor for healing from the pain of childhood molestation.

Sweet Air


Tall plumes of oddly colored smoke obscure the horizon

Tiny nodes of shiny steel hover and zip into wind and debris

I run, anywhere, in circles to find

air that is clear where the warmth of the sun can be felt.


On the ridge above an expanse of valley

Once full of life now smoldering with potent death

I climb, higher, to reach

ground that is pure where no claim of death can be made.


Serenity exists in a distant place that beckons to me

Seeking safety, sweet air, the life energy of the sun

I reach, hopeful, to heal

the descration of life, of love, of spirit, of soul


They think I am the cause, my innocence feigned

They hold their life too dear, their hearts too closed

I claim, rightfully, my status

as a victim where no empathy for my pain can be offered


I run, again, to smaller and smaller spaces

I have no more time, I have no more choice

I can no longer evade

I will die in sweet, clean air.


The demons that bring the end to my door must be

unmasked, given form, given faces, given names

If I am ever to exorcise them and

breathe sweet clean air without dying.


(c)2004 Theresa Peluso

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Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
and yes that is the truth
no the feeling well and it is well penned
justified here................Outstanding!!
Reviewed by jude forese
a very powerful poem ... it respires with honesty ...
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
Asthma and molestation both leave us fighting for the clean warm air of life. As you have shown within the lines, it's a struggle every moment of every day, to choose to survive.
Soul shaking write.

Reviewed by Phillip William Allen
A much needed pen
Reviewed by Kenny Baez
the double spacing of the lines gives the words room to breathe. Lots of movement in this poem. k
Reviewed by Henry Stevens
Hell plus Hell. I salute you for handling both as well as you do. A beautifully written poem. Henry
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I had asthma until my early twenties and then it went away. I know the pain of that. I cannot begin to know the other of which you write. This is a powerfully compelling poem, Theresa. Love, peace, and strength to you. Regis
Reviewed by Sue Hess
both can be traumatic...hell both ARE traumatic and this poem expresses the need for the pure again very nicely
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
excellent write, theresa; i don't have asthma, but my twin sister does, so i know what it is like for her. my step mother also has it. hope you find relief from your attacks!

(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
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