Poet in residence
Seven Stories of the Body
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG
I fall in the snow, so close to home.
Polar bears run alongside me, keep going.
I’m a young boy this night, the cold stars
brightening the pewter snow.
I don’t have to die.
I don’t have to worry.
The white bears will carry me home,
will warm and save me
from always having to be strong enough.
At the eastern edge of Nicolette Street,
near the low-tide Mississippi,
right where the buildings end,
is a half hill of waterfalls
leaning against the brick side of a bar.
Some still frozen, all straining
just like I would against all the ice
if could wake enough to fountain into blossom.
Oh, beautiful voice, what sings
like dying purple lightning
beneath the cedars
where birds hop away into
the branches inside branches –
don’t you love this song of loss?
The green returns. I roll over
toward him. I’m finally
ready again. In my town
right now a magnolia tree
dies, lives into
its first rosy blossom.
I can’t remember the race
although my legs, the backs of my
thighs, are still sore.
There is only no place
to arrive. I love this emptiness.
The arms, the legs –
they move like branches,
shivering quickly to one side,
then quiet, resting in
the air, in the invisible
that holds up stem and blossom
regardless of weight.
I dance inside
of the egg
Reprinted with permission of the author
from Landed (Mammoth Publications, 2009).
Very simply, write what image you sense in each chakra. If you’re unfamilar with chakras, they are energy centers located along our core, starting at the base of the spine and extending until just above our heads, each one coalescing energy around certain attributes of our being, and all opened and activated through the practice of yoga.
I generally think of the first chakra, located at the base of the spine, as correlating with survival issues; the second, center of the lower intestines, speaking to emotions, creativity and sexuality; the third, the solar plexis, connecting with how we present ourselves in the world, our career and persona; the fourth, in the center of the heart, with pure love; the fifth, in the throat, with voice; the six, at the third eye, with insight and integration; and the seventh, located a few inches above the center of the top of the head, with spirituality.
One way to write about what your chakras might have to say to you is to sit quietly for a while, first breathing into your first chakra, and then writing. Then do the same for each chakra, interspersing writing with breathing and listening to what images and words emerge.
Here’s a site that matches up yoga asanas with chakras
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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