The wind muzzles voices, dogs;
we all sleep more peacefully
not knowing our neighbors’ sorrows.
Breeze on the brain rattles loose
what is not solidly moored in the mind;
fears, doubts, trepidation run freely.
And they become bearable only
upon aspirating that which is resisted,
followed by a steady exhale,
breathing out a colorless,
odorless vapor without which life,
in or out of body, cannot itself sustain.