Sunday, December 13, 2009

...I Will...

with my breath
to make a mountain
with my sucked-in breath
a valley, with my pushed-out
breath a mountain.  I will make
a valley wider than the whisper. I
will make a higher mountain than the cry,
will with my will breathe a mountain.  I will
with my will breathe a valley.  I will push out a
mountain, suck in a valley, deeper than the shout
YOU MUST DIE harder, heavier, sharper, a mountain
than the truth YOU MUST DIE.  I will remember.  My breath
will make a mountain.  My will will remember to will.  I, sucking
pushing, I will breathe a valley, I will breathe a mountain.  I will.

~May Swenson, 1913-1989~


  1. wonderful...and love the shape you created as well. keep breathing...i know i will...smiles.

  2. This gave me goosebumps, Bonnie. Yesterday a friend told me she has been diagnosed with advanced, invasive breast cancer and it might be that this poem is for her. Thank you for a Sunday morning thought full of hope.

  3. Brian: Thank you. I cannot take credit for the shape. May Swenson gave her poem the shape.

  4. Deborah: I would be so pleased if a post could bring comfort to your friend . . . and to you.

  5. I like this poem very much. It brings strong images to one’s mind, it is powerful. The way you presented it is also very creative.

  6. Bonnie..wonderful....I love not only the words..powerful and strong but the visual image too!! Wonderful post hon, Sarah

  7. Whew, I'm tired with all that :)))

    Very intense post, Bonnie. Her words are powerful and your presentation, magnificent!

    Love to You!

  8. A wise and powerful poem with a seasonally perfect silhouette.

    Deep diaphragmatic breathing helps rid the body of gaseous chemicals and can bring as much as seven times more oxygen into the lungs as shallow breathing.

    I was just reading that says Jnani Chapman, a registered nurse and certified massage therapist who directs the clinical yoga programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at UCSF suggests the best breathing practices for cancer patients are the simplest ones, Chapman says; she recommends deep abdominal breathing and extended exhalations. "This is not the time for anything complicated or for breath retention," she says. "Too many people have been holding their breath all their lives."

  9. Nice poem and fun how the poet made it into a tree.

  10. Wow! That was powerful! I love the photo with the poem too. Thanks!

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography
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  11. Barry: Thank you for adding that important information about the value of deep breathing. Many of us do hold our breath - one reason is that it is a way to suppress emotions we do not want to feel. The breath gives life to the body AND the emotional body. That may be one of the factors contributing the value of deep breathing: feeling and then releasing our emotions.

  12. wise words bonnie! just breathe but with purpose and intent. have a peaceful evening. steven

  13. I will says it all, doesn't it? So much better than "I hope I will..."

    Great post.

  14. Wow - powerful. The picture is stunning as are the words.


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