Poetry is never meant to be literal; but the opposite of grasping just might be digestion…
This piece comes from a place I call my balancing act; between the two worlds of yoga and being a Christ-follower. It’s not really two worlds of course! There is only ever reconciliation back to ALL. Imagine where this world would find itself if we awoke with new eyes to see, new ears to hear and a new mouth to speak the TRUTH. Nothing is separate, everything is desiring wholeness.
Jesus’ life, message, and archetype have been powerful in deepening my yoga practice. Matthew 5 states:
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God.
He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
Doesn’t it seem like it’s the sinners who are hungrier than the so-called saints? May I continue to acknowledge that place of emptiness that longs for the only food intended to satisfy. May I continue to not satiate myself with worldly provisions, leaving me stuffed and spewing excrement out the mouth.
And yet, even the BS that I unconsciously speak can be used for transformation— I toss it on the inner fire and anticipate the sweet, sublime scent of Sophia (Wisdom) arising from the blaze.
A Good Friday Indeed
by Anita Brown
why did you come?
if not to pierce and taste
the flesh bread of life
allowing it to
the nooks and crannies
pressed from olive sweet,
of your own
surrender to the mystery
of digesting your discomfort
a moveable feast
ordering reverence off life's menu
savoring its sacred sweetness
the invisible layers of grief,
we've been spoon-fed lies
the manna is hidden,
we are anorexic,
desirous of the ambrosial nectar.
getting tipsy on our own
him who makes mercy wine
from arrogant tears
clear the haze from your eyes
scrape disbelief from your tongue
pass and drink
|Art by Yongsung Kim|
Anita Brown is a content mother of two teenagers and wife of 20 years, both of which she is grateful for every day. She began writing poetry in the fall of 2012 after a mini-breakdown cracked open her heart and allowed this newly found gift to shine through. Many months later, she is realizing the truth in the saying that ‘breakdown equals spiritual awakening’ as she is pleasantly shocked at how much more peace she has in her spirit and how that is reflected in her life. Anita loves yoga, dancing, traveling, cooking, walking her golden Sierra, and quiet evenings at home. She especially enjoys teaching meditation to under-served communities and listening to others as they express the same joy at the transformation occurring from such simple but regular practice.
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