Saturday Poem / Yoga Class

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Close your eyes.
Spread your hands out wide,
palms facing upwards.
Relax all your muscles.
Feel your body
sink into the floor.
Let the legs fall outwards.
Breathe in long and slow.
Relax the calf muscles,
the muscles in your thighs,
your abdomen; feel the side
ribs slide toward the floor,
allow the natural pause
at the end of the breath in.
Breathe all the way out.
Relax the shoulder blades.
Empty your mind of thoughts.
Concentrate on the breath.
Breathe in. Nothing is
going on. Breathe out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Nothing is going on.
Nothing is going on.


David Ades is an Australian poet now living in Squirrel Hill. His poems have appeared widely in Australia and elsewhere, with poems recently or soon to be published in 5 AM, Bewildering Stories, Illya's Honey, Poetica, Red River Review, the San Pedro River Review and Spiritus. Mr. Ades will be reading as part of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Sunday Poetry and Reading Series tomorrow, Feb. 17, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4400 Forbes Ave.


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