By Brittany Policastro (Pennsylvania)
I long to take sweet breaths of wisdom,
masked by the funk of dirt roads paved with cow manure.
If I get still enough I can smell it,
despite the fact that I am half way across the world.
It followed me lovingly as I traveled your earth,
embedded with tracks of many footprints searching.
They are always searching.
I want to desperately feel the heat of your sun
scorch the accidentally exposed strip of skin
on my embarrassed shoulder.
I want to feel the splatters of mud slap my calf
as it is flung from my flip flops.
But I am afraid.
For if I leave the neatly nestled confines of my country
in search of a truth I can so easily see
when I am feet away from the majesty of the Himalayas,
plunging my toes in the courage of the Ganga,
I know I may never return.
But then I remember what you helped to reveal
is neatly nestled in the meadows and fields of my heart,
embedded in the clouds and oceans that are my soul.
It is the very fabric of my breath
and the vision I see when my eyes are clear.
And I can feel that anywhere.
But with your help it surely is the sweetest.
More information on this Contemporary Anthology can be found at www.ThePoetryOfYoga.com.
Over the next week, The Poetry of Yoga is releasing 1 poem a day from a published author in the Volume 1 Book. Each author featured is hosting a release event for the book. This 6th poem in the series by Brittany Policastro coincides with the book release she is organizing in Pennsylvania:
“Creatively Inspired: The Poetry of Yoga Book Release and Open Mic” will be held at Studio 34 Yoga Healing Arts, 4532 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 on 11.11.11 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. This free event will include a yoga class led by Brittany Policastro with music by Steve Groff, delicious food, readings from The Poetry of Yoga, and an open stage for music, poetry, dancing, storytelling, and sharing your heart! For more details, go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=169670106454935.