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Yoga Poetry - You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

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Yoga Poetry
You Rise Up to Meet the Falling World

Whatever you lift to the sky, the sky covers:

middle-of-the-night exaggerations dissolve

to slivers of sadness on your pillow,

middle-of-life jolts compress the heavens

into one streak of sleet, thawing into softer ground.

Like the rain cycle that obscures the view,

you can lose your way on old ground or forget

the innate blue light in everything, ready again.

The surface of the tall grass spins in the breeze

it swirls into existence. The present twists down

to meet you each time you catch your foot.

Stars inform daylight or its absence.

We are made to catch the falling world,

just as the earth is shaped perfectly to catch us.

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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