The Breath We Share – Alan Gerard

The Breath We Share

We share the same air and fear the same virus and need each other

We raise a flag

among a multitude,

to share with human kind:


To seek and save the ill

who lie cocooned

by day, by night,

beside white martyred nurse,

a nightingale.


Aware of every breath we take of oxygen:

a spirit that we share

with every child new born

on Planet Earth.


Yet we forget this kith and kin

and run alone on sands of time;


until we slip unshod

to tumble break.

and find our sister, brother.


                                             Alan Gerard