Doug Swenson’s Poem & March 15th (Vol. 2 Submissions Close).

Via on Mar 2, 2012


“Tell Me How”
by Doug Swenson

I am not impressed
With the type of car you drive
Tell me how you…
Roll on your own two feet

I am not impressed
With how much money you have
Tell me how you…
Find riches in simplicity

I am not impressed
With your popular friends and spouse
Tell me how you…
Have your own game too

I am not impressed
With your cool—exclusive groups
Tell me how you…
Stand alone, as spirit of conviction

I am not impressed
With your trophy, stuffed animals
Tell me how you…
Find strength in preservation of life

I am not impressed
With your fancy commercial foods
Tell me how you…
Find heaven in a leaf of kale

I am not impressed
With polished words and stylish clothes
Tell me how you…
See beauty in the heart and soul

I am not impressed
With your political party
Tell me how you…
Resist team play and peer pressure

I am not impressed
With your boxed religious speeches
Tell me how you…
See all ways, as different paths up the mountain

I am not impressed
With your degrees and education
Tell me how you…
Learned from oceans and mountains

I am not impressed
With what you think you know
Tell me how you…
Aspire to learn from others

I am not impressed
With your number of lovers
Tell me how you…
Hug the homeless and love kindness

I am not impressed…
With most of the usual things
Tell me how you…
Ride rainbows and water dreams

Tell me how you…
Stay Human
Please do.

~

The above poem by Doug Swenson is one of the editor’s personal favorites and appears on page 64 of Volume 1.  Also, if you haven’t yet, be sure to submit your poetry for possible inclusion in Volume 2, which releases 12.12.12.

At midnight on March 15, submissions for Volume 2 officially close.

Visit www.ThePoetryOfYoga.com and send in your work directly by clicking “Submit.”
Please share the word with your friends who write poetry from the soul and make sure they don’t miss this opportunity to be published alongside some of the world’s greatest teachers and writers.

And remember if you were published in Volume 1, you will not have poetry appear also in Volume 2.  We are working on collecting a great diversity and chorus of voices for this Anthology Set.

About The Poetry of Yoga

Two Volumes in Two Years... 300+ yogi poets from 19 countries!... The Poetry Of Yoga, is a massive undertaking of contemporary yogic poetry compiled and edited by yogi and spoken word poet HawaH. The first volume was released on 11.11.11 and the second volume on 12.12.12. Each volume serendipitously contains 333 pages of heart-wrenching poetry. The work was gathered from over 2,000 pages of online submissions. The Poetry Of Yoga is a modern day renaissance of Hafiz, Mirabai, and Rumi. It is an important platform for a new body of work that serves to expand the literary tradition of yoga to include the cultural perspective of the 21st century. The books are also simultaneously raising money for a non-profit organization, One Common Unity. Featured writers in the book include: Rod Stryker, Lilias Folan, Krishna Das, Sharon Gannon, Seane Corn, Joseph Goldstein, Sianna Sherman, Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Douglas Brooks, MC Yogi, Chuck Miller, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Swami Ramananda, Doug Swenson, Leza Lowitz, Michael Stone, Ana Forrest, Tias Little, Angela Farmer, Dave Stringer and many more.

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4 Responses to “Doug Swenson’s Poem & March 15th (Vol. 2 Submissions Close).”

  1. shiva says:

    Beautiful poem. Thanks.

  2. So glad to see this poem from my teacher on this day – his birthday! And true to form, its still Doug giving US the gifts…

  3. Valerie Carruthers ValCarruthers says:

    Powerful, Doug! Posted to Featured Today on Spirituality main page.

  4. karlsaliter says:

    Beautiful poem! Thank you. Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

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