Yoga Poetry – Everything That Rises

This entry was posted on Dec 12, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
yoga poetryYoga Poetry – Everything That Rises

Rise up without fear

to the coffee and daylight

skimming the dark.

Rise through the remnants of the dream

where you are lost, all pay phones broken.

Rise toward the piano you haven’t played

for months, and place your hands

on the keys of your memory.

Play badly but loud, and let the ringing

rise through your arms.

Rise into the first slant of light breaking

across the living room floor

to coat the sleeping dog.

Open the door into the cold and run

to the passenger door to lean in

and start the car in your slippers.

Rush back inside and let the next

vessel warm for you as you dress and pause,

breathe into one still drop

of this raining life,

the air heavy enough to hold you.

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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