To Sit Outside. ~ Talia Sukol {Poem}

Via Talia Sukol
on Aug 11, 2013
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yoga meditate sit

I sit in still

and the smell of tobacco wafts

through my nose.

I can feel the pleasant breeze

on my shoulders and forehead

I hear the train rumbling


and I fold up my sign



because in New York

being welcoming is the most unwelcome thing you can be.

I simply observe.

I try to fold inward

to watch my breath,

but this is the first time I’ve

sat-sat outside.

Someone is excited and twirling.

She is on the phone.

And I am here with the phone girl

both of us having very private moments

in a very public space.

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Assist. Ed: Jade Belzberg/Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Talia Sukol

An Artist, Writer, Thinker, Yogi, Lover of Daffodils and Neon Lights, Talia Sukol is a graduate student in the MFA Fine Arts program at Parsons The New School of Design, and is based out of Brooklyn.  She is a 10+ year practitioner of yoga, thanks to her mother and an amazing bodyworker in Cleveland, Ohio.  She received her Honors Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2008.  Talia is a contributer to Yahoo Voices, and her art making practice is focused on social engagement.  She likes to film the ordinary in order to express the extraordinary.  She was published online in the Fall 2009 edition of Tikkun Magazine as a winner of the ‘Under 25 Essay Competition.’  She welcomes the opportunity to connect, either at [email protected], or on facebook.



4 Responses to “To Sit Outside. ~ Talia Sukol {Poem}”

  1. Sherry says:

    Talia….. I am so, so delighted! What wonderful images and so beautifully spoken. (I could hear your voice) II adore you! Love, Aunt Sherry

  2. Dena says:

    Talia — Your voice comes through so calmly……….so gentling………… may have folded your "Free Yoga" sign away, but your voice invites mindfulness and stillness. Thank you for sharing this, and I'm looking forward to reading more and more of your work, sweetie. Love you, Aunt Dena

  3. Sara says:


    While reading your poem my mind and body slowed down.
    Keep writing.

  4. Ronny says:

    Nice very well done my love.