Breathe in. Breathe out. It will be okay as long as you just catch your breath. Look up into the sky. Clear blue sky. Endless blue sky. Sunshine against the side of your face. Stand for a moment and listen.
The world speaks. A squirrel twitters from the tree branches somewhere behind you. The wind whispers against the trees. Far away, traffic hums— a distant, forgotten note.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Feel the cold air course through your lungs like the fresh water of a spring stream filling every outlet. Life moves through your veins. Feel it flow beneath your skin; the first thaw running beneath the ice.
There are no shackles if you keep a free mind.
© 2022 Katie Baker