June 16, 2014

The Only Guy In Yoga. ~ Michael Mark {Poem}

Photo: Taro Taylor


I know it.

They know it.


Sometimes the teacher announces it.

Breathe deep, Yoginis—oh, and Yogi.




Let’s get into our Goddesses—you, too, Michael!




I can hang with the girls.

In fact, I don’t need any hands-on


to touch my feminine side


though there are times

my finely tuned intuition

picks up they’d prefer

to keep it among the

estrogen gifted.


I admit my eyes have,

on occasion,

beheld the glory of

of a slow rising butt.


No apologies.


It’s yoga.

Stretching bodies, soul-moving

chanting, deep breathing.


Humanity for a better humanity.


Yoga balances on




pulling and pushing,

opening and retracting


like the universe,

like our minds,

like our—


um, I really don’t know


the universe balances.


Or our minds.

Or our bodies.


And that is why

I practice yoga,

girls and boys.



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Mark Aug 24, 2014 8:37am

Ah, yoga and a slow rising butt…reminds me of a Randy Newman song lyric: you give me reason to live.

Actually I have this "rule" I made for myself when doing yoga. Once I'm on my mat I don't see anyone and they can't see me. It allows me to be less competitive and more willing to experience my practice. However, once in a while a slow rising butt will make me break my self imposed rule. Part of being a male I guess.

David Jul 14, 2014 8:50pm

This is a great poem, specially the slowly rising butt part… I felt so identified with this ! all trough my classes, yoga teacher training, etc… thank you !! it was a delightful read

michael Jul 10, 2014 5:51pm

Thanks Arnaldo –
It isn't easy being different. But if we accept ourselves we find it goes much smoother. I have been welcomed by Yoga, yoginis and yogis with wide stretched arms. Namaste, my friend.

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Michael Mark

Michael Mark bows to all his Teachers. He is a hospice volunteer and long distance walker. His poetry has been published in Red Booth Review,Every Day Poets, Scapegoat, Camel Saloon, OutsideIn Magazine, The Thing Itself, Silver Birch Press, elephant journal, The New Verse News, Word Soup End Hunger and other nice places. He invites you to follow him on @michaelgrow so he can follow you, in case he gets lost.