Spring Yoga – A Poem by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

This entry was posted on May 28, 2013 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
vernal yoga

Morning Dew

Spring Yoga – A Poem by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Pre-Vernal Yoga Class

Look at the tips of branches: green buds almost ready

The grass newly shaggy. Bundles of miniature hands,

pale purple, just opening their palms into lilac.


The damp sky wants to evaporate itself pure blue.

The four women in this mid-day yoga class want

to soar into strong arrows and subtle warriors


but it’s still pre-vernal: everything, everyone

just on the edge of bursting out of the narrow shoots

of winter’s sharp metal to become bodies again.


Each breath, another space before space is filled out.

Each stretch, another breaking out of the singular.

Each bird landing, another scout for the flock to come.

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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