Yoga Poetry: Finding the Question

This entry was posted on Dec 11, 2013 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
yoga poetryFinding the Question

Is it the wind from the cedars

brushing the wet ground,

the nests of the wrens

tucked into the rock’s eve?

Is it the storm over the horizon

willing the dark night

to lighten with change?

Is it the old love unrequited

still burning underground,

the bitterness of what I wish

I didn’t say or lose threading

through branches in winter?

from the branches in winter?

Is it the land across the open

ocean where blues blends blue?

Is it the slim river I dream of,

remembering finding it just east

of this nighttime house

as if it was always there?

Is it my father’s voice on the phone

just before he died, saying,

What can you do?

or the yearning the girl I was

carried in her scared arms?

Is it the name we go by,

and the note that name rings?

Is it the way we lift our arms

over our heads to give up

or ask for help? Is it god

or the ceiling fan, nightfall

or the wheeling of stars

shivering me here tonight?

Is it the love for the earth

I didn’t know I was?

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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