Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Yoga

You may be contemplative, humorous or sarcastic. It would be lovely if you could include the word ‘yoga’ in your lines. You may even dwell on the literal meaning of the word ‘Yoga’ which is ‘Union’. And a personal experience would be an added bonus.

From BlackwaterWoods by Mary Oliver:

“To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”

Yoga is physical and mental
therapy-a union of body
and mind. Stretch your
limits, bend to your
will, and calm your brain
with soothing music. An aura
of relaxation will soon give way
to renewed energy.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Unity

  1. Charley says:

    I especially appreciated the repeated, “to let it go.” It emphasized in your poem that portion — of yoga, of life… of whatever the context of the reader slips in — that is most difficult of all. Like looking at it through a zoom lens.


  2. annell4 says:

    Love this piece!


  3. Mary says:

    Ah, I really enjoyed both poems – Mary Oliver’s and yours. Your poem definitely gives such good reason for practicing yoga. That energy after relaxation is bliss!


  4. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Nicely said.


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    ‘aura of relaxation’ such a beautiful thought….


  6. Susan Chast says:

    You speak like one long acquainted with yoga.

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  7. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh yes definitely!❤️


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