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Yoga Class

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.

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