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Air

Red and squirming,
swathed in down,
a newborn strains
to fill lungs voided
by the crushing descent
from the womb

With an effort, herculean
as that which expelled him,
the first deep draught is drawn,
the alveoli blossom
and the flow of blood reverses
to accept the gift of air

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