Yoga Poetry – The Bridge

This entry was posted on Jun 26, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
Yoga Poetry – The Bridge
yoga poetry

White Bridge - John H. Twachtman

The bridge is made of weather. The bridge is made of time.

Translucent, the color of water, it spans the world in sharp relief

to lushness of green, western edge of blue, rain shadow in between.


Five miles north, the cedars drink up the storm while the sky inhales

old starlight, already dead when it lands, for rock and root,

bowed thunderhead and nightfall, velocity and cricket song.


The bridge is a slim path between dusk and longing, a wide swath

from sleep to starlight, an arm of weather linking here and there,

telling us that reality is always round, circling everything back.


The first lilt of lullaby, and beforehand, the roar of the bloodstream,

the steady clip of your mother’s heart above where your own forms,

the tumble and turmoil out, ready or not, to the sharp light of birth.


The bridge arches itself past endings, showing us love is a wheel

that already knows what we learn: nothing is safe in this world

except change, courage, and the willingness to cross over.

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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