October 5, 2014

If World Leaders Were More Like Our Yoga Teachers. ~ Michael Mark



I’ve never driven with a yoga teacher

but I bet they listen to their music,

even the commercials, and

rarely lose touch with their breath.


When the radio announcer shouts, “You

could win the $50 million lottery,” they think:

The money would be nice but it would

good if someone needy and grounded

gets the lucky ticket and then shares

it with others.


As they walk into the studio they

don’t need to correct their spine angle

or force a smile, they are spontaneously

in position to greet, witness, honor,



And at the end of practice, as they bow

their heads and bring their hands to heart-center

to, “Honor the light in all those in this room and those

now gone but who are always in our lives,”

they mean it, really, truly, they feel it.


They live yoga.


If only the leaders of government and business

followed their lead the world would be better,

surely more flexible.


This sincerity, as much as any liberating pose, wise word,

patient ear, is their great teaching.


And for that your students bow deeply.



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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.