Photo: Chris Harshaw
Poet in residence
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG
Rise up breathing. Root your stories
through the smooth stones of your soles.
Let the rain pour down your spine, the sea
roll in your breath. Sail strong, upright:
your chest billowing in the wind.
Quiet and lanky, return home on your own
wing power. Let your head drop
the top half of your body. No need
to hold up all these beehives of what was
done and what wasn’t. Look up and out,
lifting your torso so that it’s a runway.
Exhale and fold back into this other self,
then inhale your arms up, flying home
to the ridge of the hill where trees
in the distance could be horses.
Bow slightly, letting your palms meet
where the world holds you all directions,
a panoramic light salutes you always.
All you need do is remember: fire to fire
composing every cell you breathe,
you rise and fall through,
Reprinted with permission of the author
from Landed (Mammoth Publications, 2009).
Sun Salutation offers us so many moments to feel our roots and our wings.
You can write from any of the asanas within Sun Salutation — Tadasana (Mountain), Uttasana (forward bend), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), Chatarunga Dandasana, etc.
You can also write about the whole dance of Sun Salutations, how you start rooting yourself on the ground through your feet, and then swan dive down, eventually inverting yourself to root and lift other ways.
Try writing a story of one full Sun Salutation, with whatever variations you like to include in the pose, describing how you move and breathe through each pose within the pose, and opening your page especially for what images — whatever you can feel through your senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell — come to you or best describe what you’re feeling during each motion.
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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