Save Your Breath

Roblin Meeks
3 min readJul 25, 2023
Air Quality Index for June 7, 2023 in NYC

The air better today in New York but still bad, the dashboard I now keep open on my phone shows a needle down out of lavender but caught just into yellow. You can still detect the burning, though, a bass note under the shots of espresso being pulled on the corner, the washing of the sidewalk by a super up the block, the heaving crosstown bus. At its worst, the sky glowed orange, not on fire but full of it, of Canadian ash, yet it felt oddly cool. The radio…

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Roblin Meeks

Essayist, lapsed professional philosopher, associate dean of ice cream. Author of creative nonfiction about work, love, self and other stuff. Welcome, pals.