I never hear persons with germ scares
fear the “healthy” air they share.
For all the air that we breathe,
is blown out from other lungs indeed!
Respect for air that moves here and there
should be our primary creed;
sharing air should also be nasally fair
and gas should be carefully freed.
For I do care as I sniff from there
and my lungs do deeply breathe,
the malodorous scents and body vents
that constantly assault my bronchial tree.
As children we are frequently taught:
“the tissue is our nostril’s best reprieve”.
For some reason we prioritize nose blows
and covering our faces when we sneeze.
But the simple fact is that ANY breathing act
is recycled refuse, an unfortunate lot!
And that is an air sharing fact.
It does gross me out that I am breathing in what you just expelled. We are all really just one big organism. As I write this at the start of yet another epidemic (Chinese coronavirus), it is a pertinent reminder that we are but a sneeze or cough away from the Big One.