WP September 27th, 2020: Refraining from Harsh Speech

What is the shape of your hurt
and the sound of the breath that moves through it?

Where in your body does it vibrate? Sing?
Pulse with its own heartbeat?

Is it restrained and leaked
with a weak, fricative braking – or
is there a silent, momentary collision of wills before the explosion?

How do you send your hurt into the world?
Do you pack it a lunch – a tidy sandwich
buttered on both sides and tucked into a brown bag
with a folded napkin – or do you send it off with a pledge,
slamming a shot glass on the counter?

Does it make a scene in the doorway of your throat?

How do you console the needful infant of your thoughts?

WP September 20th, 2020: Forward Fold

(Uttanasana)

What in your life has folded back on itself?
How did you first recognize your past come again?

Which door has been flung open?
What was the weather on the other side of the threshold?
Did you pass through?

Which “other shoe” has dropped? Who dropped it
and where did it land?
Will you – can you – wear it again?

How did you give in to the pull
and keep on your feet?

What unexpected pleasure did you find in this tension?

And what of your crown?

WP September 13th, 2020: Saucha (cleanliness)

Would you banish the dust specks from a ray of sunlight?
Where would you send them?

What names do you give the creatures
that cling to your eyelashes?
Have you ever heard them sing
for you?
A lullaby?
A lament for your dead cells?

What goes and what stays in the ecosystem of your skin?
What do you do with the bathwater?

Where is there a space for spiders in your house?
In which corner do the dark spirits gather to dance?
What would the wind sing if they were all to leave?

On what patch of earth will you unpack your lunch?

How do you weigh the balance of a puppy’s kiss
and an impeccable soul?