Sunday, May 19, 2013

Arnoldo Garcia: "A Meditation on Breath"

[Note: The last two lines of this poem were edited on June 14, 2013, at the request of the poet, who had pointed out a textual error in a comment. We apologize to Mr. Garcia and thank him for the correction.]

I breathe in rain
I breathe out green
I breathe in wind
I breathe out sky
I breathe in laughter
I breathe out happiness
i breathe in her
I breathe out poetry
I breathe in daughters and sons
I breathe out hope
I breathe in words
I breathe out mountains
I breathe in sage
I breathe out clarity
I breathe in dust
I breathe out the bones of my people
I breathe in oppression
I breathe out liberation
I breathe in fire
I breathe out clouds
I breathe in ink
I breathe out veins
I breathe in Buddha
I breathe out Mexican

"A Meditation on Breath" by Arnoldo Garcia, from Life Prayers from Around the World, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon. © HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.

Image credit: Unknown (originally color).



  1. Hello there,
    the last two lines of my poem have been inverted. They should read:
    I breathe in Buddha
    I breathe out Mexican



  2. Arnoldo, apologies! Thank you for sharing this correction to your poem, which has now been made to the post. Your blog link has also been added to your name on the "poets & their poems" page. Glad you provided that! Deep peace to you.--PCD

  3. Just heard you on KQED… wonderful poetry and loved your stories of your grandmother and grandfather. Beautiful!


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