August 24, 2014

We Do Tree Pose To Fall. ~ Michael Mark {Poem}



We don’t do Tree Pose to stand.

We do it to fall.

To learn to be okay being

in between.




But the ego hates falling.

But spirit loves it.

But being in the middle of

Uh  and

Oh is nowhere.


Here‘s something to hold onto.


Whatever we hold onto—it,


she, he, they

are not there.


No Buts.


Life never stops shifting

around and within us.


Be a tree, be a leaf, be perfectly okay

flying, twisting in the winds.


Fall in all directions.


Ahhh, the upside of wobbly.



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Barbara Nov 6, 2014 3:01pm

I was ready to read your Tree poem today in a yin yoga class I'm teaching but since one doesn't do Tree pose in Yin Yoga, I chose your 22 Life Enhancing Things to Do With Our Breath poem. Thank you again for your poems.

Barbara Aug 26, 2014 9:31pm

Best poem yet, Michael! I keep telling students that it's okay to fall. Your poem explains why so eloquently with a dose of playfulness! Thank you!

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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.