breathing you in
sweet cinnamon potence 
my heart beats in
hypnotic resonance 

a whale anthem song
an amplified yawn 
the me that made peace
in intricate moments

though presence of mind 
presses on in reprise
an increase of rhythm 
or looming grey skies 

slow down & lessen
or scream & cry
if i can't live with silence 
it will be my demise 

By: Katy Claire Funke

In college I went through a 200 hour yoga teacher training and started meditating, and guiding others in meditation daily. Through the years I have fallen in and out of meditation because it is more challenging to silence my mind if I don’t practice everyday.

I was inspired to write this poem after listening to a very interesting episode on the new season of Invisibilia on NPR titled “Two Heartbeats a Minute.” In the podcast they focused in on slowing down in our lives and the disquieting realities of climate change. Biologist, Roger Payne, who studied and recorded humpback whale sounds since 1967 was interviewed. His recordings have inspired people from all backgrounds, both artistically and emotionally. This episode is a must-listen!

Photo by Luc Tribolet on Unsplash

9 thoughts on “meditation

  1. I can’t quite explain it, other than you speak my language somehow dear poet! Even the word cinnamon can stand on its own in a swirl of pleasant consonants and aroma. Yum to it all.

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