POEM: baddha konasana


baddha konasana

tap tap tap
on the sole of the shoe
slowly inserting the tack
who does this work anymore?
why mend what can be
easily discarded, cheaply replaced?

because by finding value
in the careful repair
of the mundane
we teach ourselves
to recognize the worth of
everything and everyone

12 June 2013
Auburn AL

(Note: “baddha konasana” is often referred to as “cobbler’s pose” because it mirrors the position taken by Indian cobblers as they work. In the photo, Arielle is in a supine form of this posture called supta baddha konasana.)

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I’m writing a poem a day in 2013. During June, each day’s poem will be inspired by a photo of writer Arielle Brousse doing yoga. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. Arielle writes the Unforgettable Detritus blog and curates The Sensible Nonsense Project, a collection of writing about people’s favorite childhood books. Thank you to Arielle for allowing me to use the photos, and for all the entertaining and inspiring writing she’s done over the years.

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