Photo: Miss Menighan
Poet in Residence
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG
seems easy as the cardinal perched
on the swingset in the storm
until the first long down dog,
the arms searching for solace,
the breath too short on the inhale,
staccato on the out breath, the lungs
diagonal flutes of memory and forecasts,
the heart apparent in the pulse,
then walk feet to hands, the slow
roll up and quick, back down,
my limbs ready to fold
like a black colt in the moon grass,
the strength evaporating
back to downward dog.
Can I remember the lightness
of no effort, did it ever happen
like birds landing, like rain,
like the easy sidewalk shadowed by yellow iris
the next day, a world unfolding
all directions in the sunlight?
Reprinted with permission of the author
from Landed (Mammoth Publications, 2010).
Using the title Getting Started, write about how you get started in your life — in your yoga practice and/or in any other aspect of your life.
You might also try writing two line stanzas like in this poem to see how playing with such a form in language opens up your own images.
Or take the question, Can I remember the lightness/ of no effort? and use that as your first line.
Feel free to write whatever comes however it comes — as a poem, letter, story, journal entry or even a dialogue.
Beginning a writing practice? Getting started, groundrules to free you, and podcasts of other writing prompts. Visit Caryn’s Write From Your Life page (http://carynmirriamgoldberg.wordpress.com/write-from-your-life/)
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