Breathing

Exercises

By Bronte Heron

A series of lines appear

in sequence

between two figures

arranging the breath

as risk:

uncovered / uncovered

uncovered / covered

covered / covered

They are facing each other

in an enclosed space,

a supermarket or a train.

Their breath reflects

off the surfaces they use

to contain their individual bodies.

It takes on the colours of alert:

yellow, if they are far apart;

red, if they are close.

It moves quickly

because they are afraid

their safety will be breached.

The lines are aimed like arrows

towards their weaknesses

and are released

with every expiration.

Bronte is a poet and library assistant currently living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa.