I don’t practice yoga, but before the pandemic I did take pilates from a wonderful teacher who also teaches yoga. She taught us about breathing in our pilates classes, and she inspired this poem.

Here I am reading it, if you’d like to listen and focus on your breath.


Jone has the roundup today at her new website, where she’s celebrating Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s new anthology HOP TO IT. I’m jumping for joy for this one and thrilled to be included!




Earlier this week when I sat down to decide what to post today, I got an email from Laura Purdie Salas that said “Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

“Am I?” I wondered.

I thought for a few minutes, remembered this poem, and happily realized I am!

In a world with so many awful things going on, let’s, if we can, take a few moments to talk like a pirate, be silly, feel joy.

Matt Forrest Esenwine has the round-up today at his blog Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.