POEM: uttihita chaturanga dandasana


uttihita chaturanga dandasana

oh to eat the chattering
to leave behind the silence
exhale all the breath
till nothing remains
a perfect stillness
rooted to the earth
like the base of a mountain

18 June 2013
Auburn, AL

This posture is more commonly referred to as “plank pose.” Its Sanskrit name means “extended four-limbed staff pose.” The first line of this poem is a play on the phonetic sound of the first two Sanskrit words.

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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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