Theme: Reflections

Laughing Through Lungs

Ageing lungs grow inelastic.
She is told to restrain her laughter,
not for fear of losing her breath
but propriety.

When she laughs she hears
a crackle of alveolar expansion.
Her lungs under autonomic control
reject volition.

They inflate shamelessly
with each bout of laughter.
For a moment she fears
they could burst like balloons
and shed in the air
their crisp composure.

But her inhibitions act in time.
The lungs recoil to a residual state
avoiding pnuemothorax '
an uncivil imminent disaster.


More By  : Dr. Uma Asopa

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