Sweet India (Poem by Brittany Policastro)

Via The Poetry of Yoga
on Nov 9, 2011
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By Brittany Policastro (Pennsylvania)

Sweet India

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.


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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.



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.


3 Responses to “Sweet India (Poem by Brittany Policastro)”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  2. CSR says:

    wow! I love this… illustrates so perfectly the feeling many people have after they visit India 🙂

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