Life Poems 0

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Breath

Today
I was born.

My first
breath
a violent
cough
filled
with life
and the
release
of whatever
it is
I was
before
this.

There is
an ache
in
my chest,
a newness;
frightening
and exhilarating.
My heart
pounds.

I cry
in the
euphoria
of 
the heightened
reality
my body
now feels.

The dense
security
is gone.

I feel
the air
on my
skin.
My eyes
ache
and yet
the light
delights me.

The sound
of
voices
is clear
like
a song
for my soul.

The arms
around me
are
both strange
and
familiar.

Is this
home?

Could I
go back?

Do I
want to?

I lie,
quietly
for
a moment;
a soft
voice
cooing.

I am
happy,
safe,
loved.

I am
here.

© Nichole Donjé

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Author: Finding True North

Nichole Donje is a interdisciplinary artist, activist and leader. A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT/The Artist’s Playground Theatre, from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us. A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players and currently served on the Executive Committee. The Players is the oldest theatrical club in the country founded by such luminaries as Edwin Booth and Mark Twain "for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts". A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts, but also brings back the forgotten art of face to face relationships. Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.

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