Friday, August 5, 2011

Cherry Tomatoes

Hello Dear Yogis,

It's that delicious time of year again, when the energy from the earth and the sun join together to produce fruits that are literally bursting with life. It's a beautiful metaphor for what the practice of yoga does for us. When we charge ourselves with prana, through movement, breath, mindfulness and prayer, we cultivate a heart that is bursting with life. I offer you this poem that I read in class this week.  May we each enjoy full and juicy living!

Cherry Tomatoes

Suddenly it is August again, so hot,
breathless heat.
I sit on the ground
in the garden of Carmel,
picking ripe cherry tomatoes
and eating them.
They are so ripe that the skin is split,
so warm and sweet
from the attentions of the sun,
the juice bursts in my mouth,
an ecstatic taste,
and I feel that I am in the mouth of summer,
sloshing in the saliva of August.
Hummingbirds halo me there,
in the great green silence,
and my own bursting heart
splits me with life.

"Cherry Tomatoes" by Anne Higgins, from At the Year's Elbow. © Mellen Poetry Press, 2000. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

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