Humble Warrior

(Baddha Virabhadrasana)

When have you stood your ground
while bending to the wind
like a palm tree in a storm?

What were you defending?
What were you holding on to for strength?
What did you lose?
Would you do the same again?

When have you stood your ground
while bending in the wind
like a willow tree in a summer breeze?

What were you sheltering?
What were you holding on to?
What did you catch and hold in your branches?

What have you learned from the trade winds
blowing east to west through everything that is you?
And how have you guarded your occidental heart?