WP October 18th, 2020: Awareness of the Body

Consider the generational knowlege
of the cells of your body.

When this impermanent constellation falls apart,
where will each bit of your mind find a new residence?

Consider your left palm:
What has it held, what has it lost?
Where will this wisdom create a new home?

Consider the curve of your right breast:
What sensations has it endured? What sensations has it relished?
What will these memories nourish now?

Consider the muscles that pull
from the base of your skull towards your shoulders:
What was the source of the unpleasant feelings
that drew you into such tight, unstable grasping –
and made you, in those moments,
inflexible?
What brought pleasure back to your body?

What part of your body will move into the shadows of the forest floor?
What wisdom will it share there – with whom,
and what good will come of it?


Published by Ren Powell

Writer and Teaching Artist.

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