Bikram Love Triangle


Five minutes late to class and we got spots,

spots apart. But, a mirrored column in front,

so we could check

each other out.


I watched you get hot in Ardha-Chandrasana,

as you poured your head

between short,

upstretched arms. Then cut a sweat

with the six hip Utkatasana

dips, but by then,

you were primed.



is your most improved:

right toes wrapped

around left calf,

as you pulled both shoulders

down and back.


Because of a displaced disk, Dandayamana-Janushirasana

cannot be, but your Dandayamana–Dhanurasana

could be the figurine

on the hood of the first Rolls Royce.



is Sanskrit for Balancing Stick. With this,

your face confirmed last night

we had too much to drink.

When I took my Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana

bow, I bowed deep for your face

and the knowing of how it thinks.


A lycra girl spread into my view

in the Trikanasana

triangular screw

but you reemerged, bold,

for our Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana

balancing fold.


To read the rest, please go to Elephant Journal, where my poem was published last Saturday. 

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