They start the meeting with a breathing exercise.

“Take a deep breath in,” their voice echoes
from a speaker above your head, “and out.”
When was the last time you were able to breathe deeply?

Everyone else closes their eyes, breathes
synchronized and slow.
How do they do it so easily?

Your shoulders are tight as piano wire.
They say to inhale light, exhale negativity. 
What if doing that leaves nothing left?

Your eyes dart around the room
between each calm face — you are alone.
Why can’t you be like them?

Why did they invite you here in the first place?

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