Monday, June 9, 2014

To Breathe and Bend

    M. Devine

(Be) Venerated

Breathe like a baby and soften

Bend in the wind and feather the ground

Become pliable as a young tree

                                          K. Devine

Breathe & recapture what was yours at


Breathe & buy back your one

Beloved life

Breathe: feel the rising & falling like a 

boat on gentle waves

Become a master, spacious & open. feel your

Breath as it is: a golden thread, your connection to life

Buddha would say distance yourself from thought & concentrate on your

Breath. the way you 

Breathe is the way you live.

Become the miracle of pranayama, taking in & giving back

Breathe with the belly like a sleeping baby

Bend in the wind without snapping &

(Be) reborn

                                                   J. Smith


  1. So lovely. "Bend in the wind without snapping..." reminds me of Tanya Tucker's marvelous song, which makes me cry every time I listen to it. And "the way you breathe is the way you live" is equally evocative, calling up Annie Dillard's words from "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek":
    “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

    It's the magic of poetry, again. I swear there's (usually) something for everyone in every poem.

  2. Thank you for the reference to Tanya Tucker's music; that was a first for me. Peace of mind is as close as the breath...

  3. 'Soften' is the closest thing I have to a mantra these days. Somehow when I say the word, tension in my body dissipates, and I'm as present to the moment as I can be (for the moment).