A hunger that only grows
the more my body tumbles
in the center of the gym.
So I try
by tossing my body about like a rag doll.
I hold a handstand,
and quadriceps flexed.
I take a chance on myself.
Can I hold this pose with a single arm?
I lift my left hand off the floor,
and tease gravity.
My back begins to arch,
and my feet come in contact
with the earth.
But I want to be airborne,
a weightless body that is closer to the sun,
than to this universe.
than trivial matters,
that beg for my attention.
But I use my body as a tool,
to shift my thoughts.
So I run,
A hesitant attempt to gain momentum.
I throw my body,
in a carefree roundoff,
pushing the ground away from me,
as my hands meet the floor.
I am airborne.
I am here.
I am free.
My thoughts have shifted from trivial matters about the past,
to this very moment,
that my body
that I deeply love and respect.
But soon enough,
my feet meet the floor again,
with a disingenuous greeting.
My ankles absorb the impact.
But still, I crave.
So I tumble about this empty space,
My body twists in a haphazard single-arm handstand,
twists in a roundoff.
My legs catch my body as I fall from handstand,
catch my body as I dive into a cartwheel.
My ribs blossom, as I open my body into a beautiful arch,
open my body into a standing split.
Can you feel the energy in the room?
Can you feel the emptiness that falls upon me…
as my feet become grounded,
after only a split second of suspension?
Can you feel this hunger,
even as you,
dear gym member,
applaud me from several feet away?
Can you see purpose in all this movement,
as I try to find myself in this self-made chaos,
in this beautiful disorder?
My tumbling reluctantly evolves into a dance,
as I open the palms of my hands,
open my body into an arch.
yet so unsure of myself.
of this weight.
Let your mind and body become suspended.
Let go of the fear of falling.
My back hits the ground as I collapse out of bridge pose.
My ankles take the impact of my falls.
My forearms chafe with the carpeted floor.
But in this chaos,
there was control.
In this frenzy,
there was sanity…
Just a voice pleading,
am I full yet?