Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Learning to Relax"

This poem came out of the May 11, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from zyngasvryka.  It was sponsored by laffingkat as part of the 2010 Holiday Poetry Sale.  Season's greetings to all, and many thanks!

zyngasvryka asked about getting students too tired to make mistakes.  That happens to be one of the favored teaching methods in Waterjewel, so I pounced on it.

Learning to Relax
-- a Waterjewel poem

Carry the stones up the cliff
until your hands can hardly hold them.
When you climb down again,
your tired fingers will curl perfectly
around the hilt of your sword.

Run through the desert
while the sand swallows your feet
and the sun slowly falls asleep behind you.
When you tumble to the ground,
you will fall flawlessly
as your loose muscles accept the sand's embrace.

Spill the words through your ears
and over your tongue,
hearing without listening,
speaking without meaning,
until thought spirals away into silence.
When you sleep,
your dreams will speak in tongues.

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