Asanas After Troy by Jean-Jacques Gabriel






Anger. Tears. and a fleeting desire for violence
disrupt a dreamer’s dream
of race-less love in world without lynching.

certain moments stoke outrage-fueled flames,
exciting anger – our sense of self’s immune sytem.
certain moments remind me that we fine folk
are born with holes in hearts, yearning for forever.

forever seems most pleased by a reflection ever-changing
so, some ill-aim with silly ideas
that more matter alone will quench cosmic thirst.
some pillage earth, rape women, slaughter men,
kill feral folk and fauna, and disown many other beauties.

in moments like this,
i overlook spirit’s possible possession of us.
i overlook what futures beautiful histories allude to.
i overlook the dreamer’s dream
of race-less love in world without lynching

but the ritualized returning of awareness to intention,
feeds and revives my well-aligned aim.
With this focus, i stoke the burning fire within,
sparking multiple mini-armageddons, cleansing me,
cleansing us, of enshrined criminality, foul histories, unlove,
and silly ways, becoming better within, and without.

well postured for living the dreamer’s dream
of race-less love in world without lynching.

Published in The Poetry of Yoga (Vol. 1) Book Anthology
On November 11, 2011 (11.11.11), The Poetry Of Yoga, a contemporary anthology compiled and edited by yogi and spoken word poet HawaH released. This anticipated first volume distills 333 pages of heart-wrenching poetry from over 1,500 pages of submissions originating from 16 countries. The Poetry Of Yoga is kick-starting a modern day renaissance of Hafiz, Mirabai, and Rumi. It is an important platform for a new body of work that serves to expand the literary tradition of yoga to include the cultural perspective of the 21st century. This pioneering anthology brings together living poetic voices to share their existential expressions and the shifting landscape of human consciousness. Featured writers include: Rod Stryker, Lilias Folan, Krishna Das, Sharon Gannon, Joseph Goldstein, Sianna Sherman, Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Douglas Brooks, Chuck Miller, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Swami Ramananda, Doug Swenson, Leza Lowitz, Michael Stone, Tias Little, and more.

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