Meditations on the Anahata Chakra

Meditations on the Anahata Chakra
it’s so obvious
            this vein bent close
to the ear beating
                        its drum
so that I hear it night and day
             here’s how to write it out
   whoa  whoa  whoa   whoa
it’s just one word         this two-valved sound
            the door opening
and shutting
always down as two iambic beats
            but you would know
            if you heard it
its one word caution
            to a stubborn mule
                        whoa    whoa
sometimes the obvious is the only way
            to get attention
ask Saul knocked sideways on the road to Damascus
ask any woman in labor
ask the one who said
she couldn’t stop for Death
sometimes you’re forced
to listen with your skin
Sherry Robbins, from Pilgrimage

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