Slippery Mat. {poetry}


It was another spell of fresh magic. Another clean long hit. These heavy doses of slamming samadhi. Punching reality.

I get on my magical mystery mat. This gift from the here and now’s, the galactics, the exes, the karmas. A great gift from my ancestors.

This is a gift that I am very thankful for and do not take for granted. I know how valuable it is and want to honor it. I honor the gift. I honor the gift by getting on it. By using it. Not abusing it, but still working hard and deep with it. And then sharing the wisdom, the downloads, insight and knowledge I gain from being on it. I honor this opportunity to make things good inside again. And then outside too.

I have to work for it. I have to make time and get on it. I earn it. I go through things on it. I have to endure it. The lust and the fears, the soreness, the tears, the falls, the depth. Practicing in a community with others. It is simple, but not easy. Lifting, bending over, spreading, resting, reaching, breathing in and out deep. It feels good after a while. Om. The ah-factor. Yoga.

I work through the physical challenges, the stability and the mental focus to do it. Doing it sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, it is, but it is a commitment, not a one-night stand. Not a once-a-week thing either. Not a side girl. It’s an all-the-time deal. I have to do it. Keep the light lit, keep the fire burning. Keep it moving. Keep it going for others. Let them light their light. Get out of their way. Listen carefully. Breathe deep.

I have to keep watching my thoughts. I have to keep letting it go. And keep going back. Keep coming back. Come back through the stiffness, the soreness, the nausea, the head trips, the love affairs, the sweat and the tears. Just come back.


Slippery mats


I slip off my mat

and into the confines of minds

breathe deep

into the heart

out, to connect the wheels

spin ’em around

fall into love

during, before, after class

but back on that mat girl no matter what!

make it fun there

and here and now

when off the mat

do not panic!

See, you are right

it’s tough out there in these jungles of corporate concrete

hard on a girl’s soul

so stay strong now!

Breathe deep and practice gratitude

for this temporary body

soon, we’re gone anyway

so let’s be high and happy and loving anyway

when I slip on my mat

just try, try again

soon, I’ll have it

it is coming

with the deep breaths

and focused thought

silent mantra singing light proud intentions

taking it out to the world that needs it

the healthy practice of being strong, flexible, unified

falling forward

trusting the mat will be there for me when I land

leap and the net appears

jump and the mat catches

filters, recycles, composts

flowers, beautiful new growth.


Ava Bird is a pranic artist practicing presence and poetry from the places of heart and soul and beyond. She is also an author, a mixologist, a mythbreaker, a sharer, a comedian, and a chef of many proportions. Her works are printed in historical anthologies, academic journals, spiritual publications, online, recorded for radio and with music, and exhibited in galleries. She has organized and produced various kinds of events including the great art movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a universal gathering of worldwide poets and artists promoting equality, peace, justice, sustainability for the planet and its beings, global love, and positive changes for all, and more. May all beings be happy and free! You could contact Ava via Facebook.


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