What can YOU say in six sentences?
Michael lay on his back and counted his breaths, measuring their depth of inhalation and release. He tried to hold his breath for as long as he
could, wondering when his allocated portion would expire. He remembered being a young boy, turning blue
in defiance while holding out for a demanded packet of chips, while his mother
calmly waited for necessity to take over.
When he had leaned in to kiss Stephanie back in high school, his breath
caught as her lips pressed against his. Palms
pressed down against the grass he felt its warmth and moisture. He mused on the paradox wherein earth brought
forth life, but it required the breath of life to make it live.