It is said that the redwood trees
walk at night, softly, their roots
stepping gently on the fertile soil
we thought kept them in place.
It is said the headstand can turn
your world upside down, the feet
walk on asphalt, concrete, and dirt,
could reach towards heaven
and tip toe through the air.
It is said it takes one woman to change
the course of history and although
I spent most of my life believing
that I was bottom heavy like my mothers
before me, I decided I had to turn the world
upside down, daily reciting, If I can do a headstand,
I can do anything.
I remember the day I first held
my legs above my heart and planted my feet
in the sky, my thoughts poured from my head
like rainwater drop by drop collecting
in the leaf mold gutter of my mind
and when they burst through and
cascaded away from me, I became
nothing and no one flowing
with the newborn words,
So you can do anything, huh?
Sanskrit Name: Salamba Sirsasana
About the Author
Corie Feiner is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Bucks County, PA and an award-winning author, performance poet and slam champion called "wonderful' by The New York Times and "absorbing" by Backstage Magazine. She obtained her MFA studying with some of the greats at NYU and her unique workshop style was featured on WNBC-TV. Her latest project, A Poem for Every Pose, combines her love of yoga with her craft. Enjoy her free weekly poems by subscribing at: https://coriefeiner.substack.com.