Today’s poem was inspired by the Seven of Staves from Helena Domenic’s Fellowship of the Fool Tarot. (Click here to see the card.)
Meet the challenge
Plant your right foot at the base of the mountains. Shift
until weight transfers from the bones of your body
to the bones of the earth.
Extend the other foot left at ninety degrees,
open your stance. Direct your gaze outward and release
your other senses.
Hold intention with curved fingers, right hand
at the shoulder, palm forward to meet, left hand near
the hip, palm down to ground.
Feel the life behind you, the undulating hills
and leaf-twined woods at your back: shield and screen,
ally and retreat.
Now you are ready.