Root down, Rise Up, Stand Tall

The Making of A Poem, A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland describes a sonnet as “a poem of fourteen lines, usually iambic.” This is my first attempt at a current day sonnet about my yoga practice for my NaPoWriMo 2013 Day 14 submission. I hope you enjoy it.

Root down, Rise Up, Stand Tall

Root down rise up and let the breath take flight
Breathe in breathe out and let it all begin
Go deep go far until my light shines bright
The mat is safe to free my soul within.

But can I find the strength to go so deep?
Will my mind allow my body to bend and bow?
Can I open my heart and face the fear I keep
So bottled up and stuffed behind my brow?

Root down rise up let my spirit guide me
Be brave stretch long send love let go stay clear.
Focus find love and then I will be free.
Wake up believe and then release the fear.

Yes now I know I’m strong I will not fall
I see the truth and now I can stand tall.

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