Yoga Poetry – Do You Know Where You’re From?

This entry was posted on Jul 30, 2013 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
yoga poetryYoga Poetry
Do You Know Where You’re From?

Blue falling off its ledge

the expanse collapsing into

pale rain or nothing but sun.

Do you know where you’re from?


The sea-shaped gullies break or gap.

The herd lost in the woods that should

be in the field. The scalloped rises formed

by wind or its absence. Do you know where

the motion originates in a field of big bluestem,

the single point where the fire began?


All along the interstate belting the hills flat,

lined with trucks that read “Navajo,”

billboard promising comfort or salvation,

while the barest of cottonwoods crowds

the dead river’s old bank, your life originates

in the banks of underground river or fresh

dream you can only find through risk and

peripheral vision. All along the dark green

rows of corn or edging the rising thunderhead

in the deepest blue, your life begins

from it’s it from in the first place.

Lie back right here, and watch the sky.

No matter what happens or doesn’t,

each tilt of weather sings you home.

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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