i try and teach my dad to breathe
the mindful way.
close your eyes.
take a deep breath in
his southern italian ways
don’t seem to cooperate with his breathing
as my dad’s eyes were closed
i peeked mine open.
his face was crinkled up
i observed holding of the breath
not so much concentrating on it.
not so much breathing through it.
he says that’s enough.
1 time is enough.