While these poems support each week’s class theme, reading and listening to them also draws us together in the present moment.
The Pulsation of Life
To Know The Dark (Wendell Berry)
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Hold Out Your Hand (Julia Fehrenbacher)
Let’s forget the world for a while
fall back and back
into the hush and holy
are you listening? This breath
to write the first word
of your new story
your new story begins with this:
You matter (entire poem here)
Curiosity and Listening
When Beginning the Poem (Andrea Potos)
may there be a listening rather than a making curiosity over expectation, lightness and ease, no straining toward some glut of air. May you step aside like a watcher at the meadow’s edge as the doe finds her way to the center... (entire poem here)
Right Here (Dane Anthony)
Stop moving. Stand in
one place – this place.
Breathe slowly; in, then out. Repeat.
Repeat again. Let your
shoulders sink and relax. Unclench
your jaw; slowly close your eyes.
Listen for your heartbeat; really
listen. Feel it pulse in
your fingertips… (entire poem here)