Sestina: Yoga

We come together and unroll our mats to breathe
for a bit, to move our bodies in a flow
of shapes.  . tree, rabbit, moon, and experience
collectively the ways that consciousness can bend
and fill any container and in this way blossom
our connection to True Will

Yoga is an adventure, we can’t know where it will
take us as we move, meditate and breathe
ourselves along a radiant flower blossom
path.  Flowers also wilt and die, and so our flow
is itself a conscious surrender to the fullness of truth, to bend
in winds of both the pain and bliss we experience

Yoga is sometimes said to mean “union” or the experience
of connection to all things, a practice that will
connect us to ourselves, and a method to bend
all our energies, movements, and the way we breathe
into a single pointed intent, to flow
Shakti’s evolutionary force upwards into the lotus blossom

at the crown of the head and in this space we will
find deepening levels of samadhi, an experience
that’s not at all elusive if you only flow
each day with the light, the way a delicate blossom
tilts towards the sun in order to breathe
its shine. A stem, like your spine, can bend

and dance with both breeze and storm, bend
without breaking. A strong and flexible Will
symbolized by Fire, Manipura chakra: breathe
your intentions into Manipura, yet soften the experience
and karma of conscious action with a kind heart, blossom
into your fullness through elemental balance, flow

the way the Waters in a gentle river flow
your feet on solid Earth as you bend
exhaling Air as you fold inward,  where you will
once again expand into the Ether and blossom
your hands to the sky, fingers experience
a constellation of mudras.  You breathe

the essence and flow of your life, and as you blossom,
your light begins to bend other flowers towards the experience
and the golden chain will grow. Together, the world learning to breathe

Sestina is a specific form of poetry where six words are repeated through six lined stanzas (six of them) ending with three envoi (ending lines, each containing two of the six words, so that all six words are used one more time.) It’s a fairly complex and challenging form to write in.  After a month of doing tiny, simple haiku, my ambition was stoked to do something difficult.  Whether it is good or not is a question I can’t answer, but it was a lot of FUN, and why else do we do anything?

Words and image: Radiant Spleen 10-29-18

About radiantspleen

The dark side of enlightenment, the light side of endarkenment.
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