Oxygen

I am the very air
you breathe
Your first
and last
breath

I welcomed you
at birth
Shall bid
farewell
at death

I am the Kiss of Life
its ebb and flow
With your last gasp
You will call my name:
‘o o o o o o o o’

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I am the very air
you breathe
Your first
and last
breath

I welcomed you
at birth
Shall bid
farewell
at death

I am the Kiss of Life
its ebb and flow
With your last gasp
You will call my name:
‘o o o o o o o o’

from Collected Poems (Viking, 2003), © Roger McGough 2003, used by permission; Recording from Lively (UK Touring, 2003).

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