This Air

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” – Paulo Coelho

This Air

There was this air.

It was crisp
it was cold
it was new
it was old.

There was this air.

We shared it.
We share it.
We will share it.

There was this air.

It was outside for everyone.
It was outside for no one.

There was this air.

See, we used to breathe this air together
in tandem
in cooperation.

This air served a common goal.
We breathed it in
we breathed it out.
a right lung
a left lung

We are now suffocating,
no longer able to breathe.
Choking on our own rapacity.

We need to learn to breathe this air together
again
in tandem
in cooperation

the right lung
the left lung

There is this air.

We can share it.

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