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In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m re-publishing a poem I wrote about the powerful lessons my body has taught me.

I was inspired by Marianne Elliott’s beautiful poem, which appears in The Body Stories, a collection of stories compiled by Sas Petherick.

My body has taught me

what feels good and what doesn’t.

When I need kindness

and when I need rest.

She’s taught me to slow down,

and to use all my senses to wander this world.

She’s taught me about patience,

even though I’m used to running her to the ground

or condemning her for supposed flaws.

She’s taught me forgiveness.

She’s taught me that I am resilient,

even though I often forget that I am.

My body has taught me the beauty of laughter,

a piece of music,

a balmy wind against my face

and the soothing warmth of green tea with honey.

She’s let me release pentup powerful emotions,

pen stories and create art that I am proud of.

She’s taught me how to listen

and care for my needs,

especially when sickness strikes like it has this week.

She’s taught me that I am a warrior,

and that it’s OK on the days I am not.

My body has taught me to express love

and to experience it.

She’s taught me that pain is fleeting,

and to try again.

She’s taught me that I am a legacy,

centuries of memories and heritage running through my veins.

While I’ll keep forgetting and re-learning these lessons,

I am oh-so grateful for this body of mine

for carrying me

when all I wanted was to be anywhere else

but in my own skin

when I yearned to abandon and escape my body

and did on many days.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

What has your body taught you? What would you like to learn?

 


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    Last reviewed: 7 Apr 2013

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2013). A Poem: What My Body Has Taught Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 29, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2013/04/a-poem-what-my-body-has-taught-me/

 

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