Four-Limbed Staff Pose

(Chaturanga Dandasana)

When you lower yourself towards the earth
what stories rise to meet you?

What details become clearer?
What life signs become apparent?

Is the soil arid or fertile?
Dry, damp, wet?

Is your breath easy, or labored?
Your back loose or tense?

What parts of yourself do you let down first?
What are the sounds they make
as they make contact with the ground?

What shape will you leave behind?
And what stories will you tell with your own rising?