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Yoga for One: A Poem

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Yoga for One

The room widens, the floor unfurling

all directions. The air quiets on her arms

and face. She sits in the center of the mat,

hands on knees, and breathes in the wide light

of the early afternoon, the walls breathing

with her. She bows and waits, listens

to the tone that chimes in the clearing

in the center of whoever she is.

When she stands, the golden bird in her heart

spreads its wings as she lifts her arms and life

while bending her knees. When she unfolds

into Triangle or compresses into Tree,

she asks the light of day to keep her upright.

When she falls, she falls willingly,

the blossoms of new sky suspended like all

she ever dreamed of, the aches of the past

or present surrounded with this tender joy.

By the time she's lying in corpse, she's changed

size, time zones, ideas, continents and stories

so many times that she's forgotten all the fragments.

She remembers instead the endless sky

around her, within her.

About Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming novel, The Divorce Girl; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College (Goddard College); where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats (www.BraveVoice.com); and she blogs regularly at her website (www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.wordpress.com)

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