Monday, January 2, 2017

Poetry and Yoga with Juan Tituana

With part two of Juan Tituana's contribution to The Song Is..., let's skip ahead to the part of the New Year that looks forward.  Of course, it is January 2 today, so it's not time to look back anymore.  Let's look ahead to the seeds of our future, to use a phrase from the fabulous Forrest Yoga workshop that I attended today.

Yoga Inspiration
Photos by Juan Tituaña          
Yoga poses by Nahla Tebcherany   (Yoga Instructor at Thrive Yoga, Rockville)

“A poem is a bridge between the language of the mind and the language of the soul” (Liz Huntly)

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”

“We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly 
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms 
of our hands and feet dance”

“Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.”

“Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.”


“To live in this world
you must be able 
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and where the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”

I've posted Ahmad Jamal's "Saturday Morning" before, but I think that it fits well with this entry:

He has also written "Sunday Afternoon":

I want to include some Dorothy Ashby as well, starting with her "Soul Vibrations":

Here is her "Essence of Sapphire":

I'll finish with two performances by Donal Fox and Warren Wolf:

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