In these first breaths of the New Year, we know we are here. These poems help enliven our weekly class explorations of being fully awake for all our life moments.
Living (Senali Perera) When you feel storms brewing inside you
When your heart turns to stone inside your chest
When unknowing souls cut you open
When they look away from the love you bleed out
When you find yourself choking on daydreams
When your insides burn from their absence
When they tear you apart just for fun
When you feel poems sprout inside your veins from the teardrops you cry
When it all goes silent and you're lost in your own company
and you breathe.
You breathe till your heart lightens
You breathe till your bruises fade
You breathe till you're awake from the reverie
You breathe till the hurricane is tame
You breathe till you find a friend in yourself
You breathe till the aches are all washed away
You breathe for the night to be gentle
You breathe till the golden dawn breaks.
Enough (David Whyte)
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
Saint Francis and the Sow (Galway Kinnell)