STAR POems: Poem Composed while doing a Headstand

By Maggie Sawkins, Star & Crescent’s Poetry Editor.

The fir cone I picked from a Corsican forest,

carried across an ocean

nestled between balls of socks, has fallen

from the grate and rests

where it meets my gaze

as I pose upside down in my daily practice.

I notice how it makes the perfect mandala,

its curved wooden petals

its skirt of hearts

and in the moment after chanting,

my thoughts thin and clear as tinsel,

I wonder how, each year

in the dim days before Christmas,

I have the gall to consider spraying it gold.