Yoga: A Skinny Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

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How do you live your yoga?
Live how you do your yoga.


Notes: I have been wanting to try a skinny poem since I discovered the form at Reflections on the Teche. A skinny is a poem of eleven lines. Lines 1 and 11 may be any length, though shorter is better. The words in Line 1 are used again in Line 11, though the order can be changed. Lines 2-10 can only be one word, and lines 2, 6, and 10 repeat. I found it a meditative, calming form, a nice fit for a poem about yoga. More research revealed that the skinny was originally developed by Truth Thomas as a form that “generally reflects more serious concerns facing humankind.”

Photo credit: “yoga sunset” CC-BY Steven Sim

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13 responses to “Yoga: A Skinny Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

  1. I haven’t been fitting in yoga time lately and I miss it terribly. This skinny reminds me that I can have yoga anytime I need it.

  2. Great poem! I need to get back into yoga. And you inspire me to write my own skinny poem. I loved Margaret’s too.

  3. OK, two firsts for me tonight. I have never done yoga and I have never heard of a skinny poem. I might like to try one of the two, maybe not yoga, because I’m really, really, really uncoordinated!

  4. This format is new to me, but I like it. I have taken many iyengar yoga classes over the years. I know I should have a daily program, but I usually only end up doing it when my body starts to complain about one thing or another.

    • Ha, I have started and stopped many times over the times too. Body complaints were why I started doing it again in December, then challenged myself to a daily practice in January, and then just kept on going. It’s become an essential part of my day now.

    • I was very surprised to discover that many of the sample poems at the website I link to focus on social justice issues, protest, etc. Made me think it might be a powerful form to share with students.

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