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.