The Body Speaks

A meditative body scan

reveals tense, tight shoulders.

I invite the shoulders to speak.

They say they’re tired of shouldering.

I nod. I thank them for all the work

they’ve done and ask if each day

 we could meet and decide together 

what is theirs to carry that day

and what they could release

into the capable hands of others.

They heave a sigh, relax, and say they’ll try.



This entry was posted in poetry.

3 comments on “The Body Speaks

  1. Wonderful personification, Joan. You inspire me to talk to my feet. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Katie Fessler says:

    I love them all, Joan, but this one especially. You know why…

    xo Katie

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

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