I sit by day, recline by night,

trapped in a dying world,

a passenger in a cocoon

that sways and swoons

from room to spinning room.


Looking out onto a world

so slowly shrinking,

a vignette mist,

a frustrated fist

and a heart that has to resist.


To breathe… to live…


Bravely beseeching thinning air,

needing that which seems so aloof

in the vacuous vaults

of life’s rotting roof.


Why me?


Is it selfish to question,

disagree or doubt the validity

of the path that life has

laid out before me?


Is it such a sin to want to survive?


I have so much still to show

so much light inside to give;

too much love to simply let go

of my reason and right to live… just live.


I rest, embracing hope of recovery,

I fight to live; to spend one more day

looking into the eyes of love and laughter

that surround me in every way.


Oh…to breathe…

To live!




Written by Darren Scanlon 20th November 2014.

Revised 8th February 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



15 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    Ohhhh! ❤ ❤ ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sevoiland says:

    If it were in my power, I would give you health.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww thanks. 🙂🙃


  3. Susan Langer says:

    Beautifully written sad lament.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. gauravbarot says:

    Enjoyed it, Darren Sir!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you my friend


  5. Heartafire says:

    Dear Darren, I didnt know you are ill. Such a beautifully expressed “lament” as is stated above. My most positive thoughts are going out to you! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughts, they are most appreciated. 🙂🙃

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  6. Poli Impelli says:

    Thanks for sharing your feelings, as always. My best thoughts, and all the light that makes us breathe each day.
    “To breathe… to live”. That´s what we are here for. Let´s go out and breathe, dear Darren.
    Big hugs to your soul 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, my dear friend, Poli. Your kind words mean the world to me. Keep Smiling 😊

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  7. Poli Impelli says:

    I will! As long as you keep smiling with me 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  8. sevoiland says:

    Once a, so sad, but trying to make it. You hear me, keep breathing, do the work of remaining with us … we need you and your poetry.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I ain’t going anywhere, Sharon. Don’t you worry. Getting better every day 🙂🙃


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