Illustration: Postage stamp
Poet in residence
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG
Twisted bird, eyes turned down
on the sad concrete of sidewalks,
one leg long to fend off
the coming flood or errant leaves.
I lift my chest, open the locks
of my hip that click into place
like a car making its usual sharp turn
smooth. Forgetful, I lean
on my forearms, remembering
to breathe not like a lost bird
on the ledge outside the third floor
apartment in Brooklyn
but like the iridescence
of blue, of green, of gray
seen only when the sun slants
across the street and the eyes
remember to look.
Pigeon Pose truly opens the locks in our hips, and in doing so, can open the locks of our creativity.
After doing this pose on each side, try writing about what has been locked in you — in your body, creativity, work life, friendships, relationships, etc.
Then write about what it would look like, feel like, and how it would change your life to unlock one of these locks.
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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© 2011, The Magazine of Yoga, LLC.