It’s In Every Breath

It’s there when you finally stop to rest and close your eyes. Gentle against your skin, ruffling your clothes in a springtime dance. It comes with rain and sun and at the dead of night. It secrets through the cracks in the doors, through the screens and stubborn windows.

For the most part, it goes unnoticed. But it never leaves, not really. It calms, very often, and as such is mistaken as gone. It takes only a small moment, though, to feel it again. Even within a still room, it lifts the dust from the shelves and into the streaming light, floating the small flecks from one end to the other and back again, restless, waiting for someone to enter.

And when you do it swirls with such enthusiasm that you cough. So you open the windows, allowing it to run as it pleases. And at that moment you appreciate even more the way it sweeps past you and through the room, cleansing, purifying. And so you savour every breath you take.

11 thoughts on “It’s In Every Breath

  1. I like the way you string simple words together, magical and lyrical. Do you teach at high school or community college? I know professors don’t like to play cute. The Changeling Child series feels a bit heavy. Else, the writing is very professional. I’ll come back more often later.


    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoy it.

      I’m an ESL teacher, actually. I teach novel studies to elementary and high school students.

      The Changeling Child series does have darker elements and themes to it, which is perhaps why it feels heavier? Unless you are referring to my writing style, in which case I would love some more critique!

      I hope you continue to enjoy my posts!


      • Well, I’m not going to pretend that I am a writer or something. English is actually a second language that I picked up at 15. I haven’t gone through the whole series, but based on the latest post, the feel probably came from the interactions of the characters that constantly felt obliged to do what they were supposed to do. If you want any critique from me, I will have to read them through first.

        Since you are an English teacher, you may want to write a critique for a poem of mine ( while I am going through the series.


      • It’s social expectation that acts as peer pressure in adult life. Definitely not forced, but obliged in the sense that they were not aware of any other way to live their lives. There are too many French novels in Quebec that have this type of feel reflecting the cultural background of the Quiet Revolution. My mother tongue is Chinese though. It’s just that I came to Canada at 15 and was forced to go to a French high school by Quebec law.


      • Well, I finally went through the whole series, back and forth. They were actually very happy together. The emotional side of the father isn’t obvious yet, but it appears that both the son and the mother were fearing that his biological mother would return from the forest. He probably will have a choice, but it depends on the social context. Both parents had their annual checkups, so I figure the story should be fairly contemporary. Based on the story line and its title, it’s probably better to have its setting set in the Middle Age, when the word “changeling” was first used.

        I’m sorry about the incorrect initial impression I got that troubled you yesterday. No, it’s not forced at all.


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