Yoga Poetry – Almost Gone

This entry was posted on Nov 17, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
yoga poetryYoga Poetry
Almost Gone

The sun calls one last word in its rusting voice,

then leans to the west, sweetening its tune

by forgetting the melody. The taste of light

lingers in the sudden cooling of breath,

the slim branch of a twisted tree over the horizon

where one crow waits for the shadows

the moon will throw over the brome field

two turns of the wheel back in time.

The stand of cedars wakes with a start.

The dry ground loosens its new cracks

and tilts rocks for the snakes to emerge.

The wind moves on, nothing to see here,

while the dark in the dark quiets its old hands.

What’s gone seems like it’s gone for good

no matter how often the song returns,

broken light reddening the opposite horizon

like a heartbreak, the song of the bloodstream,

the journey of stone through ocean to prairie,

every flicker of sound and motion always turning

into something, almost gone, almost here.

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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