Fascination

What happens when we invite the body and heart to join our heads in the making of a poem?

Diane Bader, a student in Meditation, Movement and Verse, began “Fascination” in class on September 19. These are the steps we followed that morning.

  • Seated in chairs, we started with a simple meditation
  • We brought  awareness to the breath’s movement in the body
  • We released holding in the upper back and chest to make space in the heart center
  • We read Grace Paley’s Autumn and discussed the poem’s two parts
  • We responded to the prompt: Write about a tree while holding a memory in mind. Repeat and extend the poem.
  • Share. (The best part!)
  • Savasana (The next best part!)
  • At home, revise with attention to using the space on the page and providing a meaningful title

Fascination

Outside, the maple

has become a

variegated symbol

of autumn.

I invite its

brilliant tangerine,

vermilion, emerald,

saffron-colored leaves

  into my heart.

 

Wind rustles,

 rattles the leaves.

Paper-thin, they

  begin their cascade

        down to earth.

Outside, the maple

 has become a

  variegated symbol

of autumn.

I invite its

brilliant tangerine,

vermilion, emerald,

  saffron-colored leaves

 into my heart.

Wind rustles,

rattles the leaves.

  Paper-thin, they

begin their cascade

  down to earth.

One morning

  I am amazed

    as naked umber

      branches sparkle – –

blanketed in

  hoarfrost.

I make a dash

  for my camera,

    endeavor to capture

this ephemeral

  moment.

– Diane Bader, September 30, 2014

Note: Poem used with permission of the poet.

Only love for all

 

“Violence is lack of love–without enmity no act of violence can occur. Only love can unite society and make it cohesive. A Yogi has no hatred in the heart, but only love for all. Violence is the outcome of fear, selfishness, anger, and lack of confidence. Non-violence is respect for others; it is a state of mind.” – Geeta Iyengar