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Be Present with the Pose
Dennis Trujillo

Ash-colored and lighter than dust
The spider roamed the center
Of the room where I wanted
To lay my purple yoga mat
And I wondered if she knew
She was breaking the important
Spider rule of crawling only
In shadowy corners or hidden
Places to ambush insects.
She wouldn't shoo when I flapped
The mat like a dark thundercloud
Above her head--stood her ground
Like a banyan tree, so I bent down,
Brought my face inches from her
Bristled legs and blew soft puffs
Until she sailed to rest along
The wall. There you go, I said
Then spread the mat and began
Soothing breaths--this is where
I would like this poem to end, but
Later in Sarvangasana,
Weight on my shoulders
And looking up, I saw the spider
On the ceiling looking down
Like a tiny guru. There you go,
She said, let your breath flow,
Be present with the pose.

© by Dennis Trujillo.
Used with the author's permission.


Dennis Trujillo served twenty years in the U.S. Army, then spent fifteen years teaching math. He began writing poetry one day in the winter of 2010, when his high school staff forgot to notify him there was no school because it was a snow day. In the vacant classroom, he was overwhelmed with an impulse to write a poem titled "Snow Day". That one opened a floodgate of impulses for more; Dennis has been writing and publishing poems ever since. He now teaches English at Shinheung College in Uijeongbu, South Korea.


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Skip Keith:
This poem dissappeared from my screen but fortunately there are archives and I got to read it again. It was worth looking for. Goood one.
Posted 03/24/2014 08:30 AM
Interesting. Tantamount to Yoga is that you continue to breath with the movement or naturally on your own, keeping the most natural rhythm
Posted 03/11/2014 10:38 AM
Definitely on the same page Dennis. A wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing it with us here.
Posted 03/10/2014 11:03 AM
Dennis, I feel we are kindred spirits. I could so see myself in this vignette. Namaste.
Posted 03/10/2014 07:31 AM
Posted 03/09/2014 11:21 AM
Sending this to my yoga teacher. Love it! Good poem.
Posted 03/09/2014 10:14 AM
This is great! How inspiring is the world around us, if we just think to look.
Posted 03/09/2014 09:33 AM
Finding the profound in small details. I loved this.
Posted 03/09/2014 07:31 AM
Ross Kightly:
Meeting the Spider on the Learning Curve... anything or anyone who can successfully invert has my respect... Great stuff!
Posted 03/09/2014 07:21 AM

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