Yoga Poetry – What the Sky is Made Of

This entry was posted on Sep 3, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
Yoga Poetry – What the Sky Is Made Of

The sky is made of soft rain and hard light,

the old yearning to be held, the ancient fear of not

having enough, and the fountain of wind that says,

Something’s gone, something else is arriving.


The sky is made of rocks shattered finer than

the smallest atoms of human memory, air we call breath

once we take it in and turn it to motion, anger, or song.


The beating of hummingbird wings compose the sky,

as well as the fluttering of muscle on muscle, the space

in between the rain, the drum of the jackrabbit’s heart.


The sky is made of rivers before and after they become rivers.

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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