The First Breath

Jul 28, 2021 by Kyomi O'Connor


                                                             Photo by Marcel Fagin on Unsplash

We used to share the ocean

sucking the same juice

the vigor of the sea


It filled our heart and lungs

with the essence of being

of the “knowing


One umbilical cord

shared in the blue

that nourished 

and brushed

our souls


With the very first breath

the nectar in the chest

our shared mother

and the smell of
the marine


We’ve just



who we are




During the pregnancy, the fetus’s lung and heart are filled with amniotic fluid. As the baby takes the first breath and a few more, he will begin to breathe through his lung.