We gave the sun a happy hello in yoga class
today though I did not realize it at the time.
Up and down hingeing at the waist
our arms and hands spread wide open
and then together again, float your palms
together in front of your heart, she says.
She speaks of our hearts often
this new young teacher and I like that
very much for my heart is dear to me
at once delicate and strong and to speak
of it and think of it fondly to place
that thought amidst the many and
varied competing thoughts in the chaos
of a brain in these modern times
of politics and war and extinctions of
species, of global warming and natural
disaster, well, is a lovely soothing thing
and I do care to do it often again and again.