Photo: Ryan Bushby
Poet in residence
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG
Don’t fall over. Fall over. Let the heart lead.
Always. Why the sudden cramp in the thigh?
Why the shoulder collapsing? Don’t fall.
Just fall open as the first shaft of sunlight
from under the door in the morning.
Your heart, the clock at the center of your mechanics,
the wings of a hummingbird shaking like these shoulders.
Not afraid, just harnessing all its energy to go nowhere,
this twist into the sweet balmy air of this room
where each to each, each without each, hungers
to remember how to turn away while opening
our lives wide to whatever is, before turning
back to find the river has, once again, moved.
Reprinted with permission of the author
from Landed (Mammoth Publications, 2009).
Twists are an excellent way not just to improve the immune system, but to bring round emotions that may be just beneath the surface. Do a gentle twist of your choice, and afterwards, take some paper, and write any of the following:
Using the line “Let the heart lead” as either your first line or title, write where your heart is leading you.
Write about what is being unfurled in you as you twist, including what feelings are spiraling out.
Try writing while in a seated twist, and see how the turning of your torso brings new words out to play.
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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