It’s hump day, so let’s keep it short and sweet. I often read poetry when leading savasana because it’s such an overlooked part of holistic wellness. Here’s an easy challenge: Read one poem per day. It doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t have to be written by someone famous, and it doesn’t need to be elitist or impossible to “get.” You’re the reader, you get out of it what you can, will and want. There are poems out there for everyone. Find yours and indulge in the emotions they draw out.
Try This On
I put on weight slowly, carefully,
contrived. It was pure
muscle, all Does this curve
make me look fat? and
Does this vein make me look jacked?
I eased into it, tried it on,
took it back off then slipped
into it again. It was odd, feeling
Normal. Not all size zeroes
fit anymore. Sometimes
my thighs kiss each other, skeletons
no longer stare back from mirrors.
And I miss them
at times, those ghosts, the bony
collar bones and knocking knees
so beautiful in the haunting.
(Photo is personal. Poem is from the forthcoming collection “You Look Something” published by The Operating System Press)