Surrender: A Poem

  • I wonder if it's true
    If when we get old
    And are at the end of our life
    If we really look back and say
    "It was all so easy"
    And we often make things hard on ourselves
    Like deciding with logic
    Rather than intuition
    Like pressure on our chest
    Or thinking too much
    Being never really there
    Not present in the moment
    We live in a cognitive reality
    Our bodies wound and contracted
    Always I have found the only way
    For my evolution is when I can unwind and untangle
    Create space in my body by using breath with movement
    Or it's counterpart
    Breath with stillness
    And turn off my mind completely
    It's a shame this technique is not more widely used
    It's been my guiding light for years
    A solid in my life
    And if you don't believe in the divine my love
    It's like a fish not believing in water
    Ram Dass says that surrender
    Is like taking off a tight shoe
    Sighing in relief
    that your toes are finally free
    to feel earth beneath them.
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Jen Cannon