Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Sunday Poet: Barbara Rich


Born in 1934, Barbara Rich  achieved her Kripalu Yoga teacher training certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. She teaches weekly yoga classes in her private, peaceful yoga studio in Groton, Massachusetts. She is also a damn good poet.  She writes, "Defining myself as a Jewish Buddhist Unitarian lesbian vegetarian, I would very much like to connect in writing with others, with similar or different self-definitions."


We don't want to be told the obvious:
"You're lilving in the age of distraction."
"You cram in too much"
"You should take Yoga".
We want to know we are known and cherished.
We want to be assured we are truly known and
Truly loved.

We know about lack of focus.
We know about not enough exercise.
We are aware of not being aware.

We need the sweetness of caress,
We want the healing of touch,
We crave the authentic relationship,
We long for giggling over secrets.

Don't inundate us with platitudes or
Euphemisms about mindfulness or
The ubiquitous cautious conversation.

Give us hugs that linger,
Eyes that sparkle,
Foreheads that touch,
Lips that laugh,
Toes that wiggle with delight.

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