My poem “A Brief History of Standing” appeared in Elephant Journal today here.
Here’s another version:
The title and the inspiration for this poem came from a book I picked up at Tai Chi Concho in San Angelo as I was waiting for my Qigong class to begin. This book was titled The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.
As I thumbed through the pages, I came upon a section titled “A Brief History of Standing” and I thought, “Wow! That would be a great title for a poem.” And then after coming home and starting to work on the poem, I decided that the form of the pantoum would be an interesting approach to try, and from there, I just let it wind itself down the page as it seemed best.