Archive for May 1st, 2010


Saturday morning
i am writing
the cats
sleep together
on the bed

a cautious truce
they’ve eaten

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i have a callous
on the heel of my left hand
from centering clay
on the potters’ wheel

the wheel provides the power
left hand pushes, right pulls
in balance
force, finesse, symmetry
to center

walking through my classroom
i put my hands on my students’
help them find their center
so they can learn harness

the spinning

in yoga
my teacher keeps asking ‘are you okay?’
shamed, I wonder if I look that bad
have I no balance
no center
no control?

or am I just an awkward sophomore again
this time
fifty and out of shape
looking for equilibrium that I have not yet grasped

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