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    One breath from start to finish, gasping it into being when we release from the womb. We gasp again, and rattle as it stops. The in, the out. Are we one? Are we many? Are we at all? As I child I wondered if I was just god's imagination. As an adult, I am unsure that question has been answered. For years I worked as a clinician for those who were dying, and their families. I stood on the edge of the mortal precipice and watched others exhale over the infinite divide. Those who I shared the honor of their last cognitive ponderings, those who fell over the edge into non-bodiness did nothing to answer my under certainty of what being is. I don't know what death is anymore than I understand what life is. I have watched it, death, a hundred times.I have waited in the rooms, nursing homes, sterile hospital holding spaces with the body left behind…waiting on the family…wondering. Where did you go? Are you still here? Pushing a penny on a dusty side board hoping it would push back. But nothing. No ghosts, no lights, no cold unexplainable sensation. Just a body…that had moved moments earlier, then doesn't any more. Was the animator just a breath? Did the breath even belong to the one we know as the person? One breath, in, out, notice it as you read. It is in you too. It is the one thing we all share…as long as we…

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