Yoga Poetry: Surprise Lilies

This entry was posted on Aug 28, 2012 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
Yoga Poetry:  Surprise Lilies

Green shots, pink ribbons

in the alley lining the dumpster,

or sidewalking the driveway

around the broken lawn mowers.

Past moving out date, before school buses,

they come anyway in the open slash

between the heat that levels us

and the storms behind the horizon.


When you don’t know, when you’re lost

when there’s nowhere to stand,

there they are, never bent

or expected. They thrive on what

you’ve forgotten about, given away

or never used. They love fences

but don’t need them, take attention

but would go on regardless.


They come on their own terms, a slip

of life writing to life: wake up,

stop being so predictable, go outside

in the middle of the night when the air

is lush and almost cool, and look.

Don’t worry about enough for once.

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 (; and she blogs regularly at her website (

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