Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter Poetry Swap Goodness

Tabatha Yeatts, you rock, girl!

I came home yesterday to find a box on my front porch. I knew in a flash (you know, like in the song when the crooner knows it it Saint Nick?) it was my winter poetry swap gift! This is my first time participating in the poetry swap, and I was so excited to open my package from Tabatha. 

I opened the box and pulled back the tissue paper to find a YOGA magnetic poetry kit. Who knew they even made such a wonderful thing? You can see my first magnetic poem above. I haven't even pulled all the words apart yet, but my first yoga cinquain was such fun.  I'm planning on getting a magnetic board and hanging it in my yoga studio.

Underneath the kit, a wonderful assortment of tea. 

But I saved the best for last. The poem. Who but Tabatha could manage to combine my love for yoga with my crazy interest in Antarctica?  Thank you, Tabatha. 

Relaxing in Antarctica
By Tabatha Yeatts
for Dori

There is an urgency of cold,
a surge of shiver, danger of dark,

a supremacy of don't freeze,
 be on your guard,
  brace yourself,

that squares your shoulders,
 curls your fists,
  crusts your eyes...

what can you see beyond
your goggle-glazed view?

how can your spirit be light
under the weight of the wind?
but even in Antarctica,
once your studies are tended,

your numbers recorded and
your goggles hung to dry,

that spot on your neck
where you hold your hardships
begs you to bend,

to stretch,
to fill your lungs
with a warm breath,

to award yourself
all the sunlight

your mind can create.

Tara hosts the Poetry Friday round up today at A Teaching Life.


  1. What a cool poem you made with the magnets, Dori! And I love that background. A magnetic board for your studio sounds like a great idea! :-)

  2. A yoga magnetic poetry kit -- perfect for you! Love both poems. I can totally see you "Relaxing in Antarctica." :)

  3. I am living vicariously through another poem swap season! I just couldn't make it happen...but I SHOULD HAVE!!

  4. Nice poems, both! It's a trick to combine yoga and Antarctica!

  5. Dori, the Winter Poem Swap is a special kind of joy! Thanks, Tabatha for bringing it into our lives. I really like these lines in Tabatha's poem written especially for you:

    "that spot on your neck
    where you hold your hardships
    begs you to bend."

    Your yoga poem is lovely. I love that you ended it with "joy." I bet you'll have loads of fun with the poetry kit!

  6. I love poetry tags and the way they lead you into new directions with your poetry. Both of these poems are exquisite. Congratulations Tabatha and Dori. So glad you could share them with us.