Poetry in motion

This wrote itself after a workshop with Bruce Fertman

His approach to the Alexander Technique is deeply attractive. How he combines presence with exquisite sensitivity as he brings his hands and thoughts together. This is a touch that touches more than the surface. 

His writing about the work is equally attractive. 

I have attempted to express something of the quality, joy and peace that enters the room as he works with one of our group. The beauty of our faces as we observe one another. 


“Stay right there”

There, where she can receive herself.

Where she can perceive herself.

As she is.

No judgement, only warm, friendly curiosity.

The curiosity that simply asks a little question, 

here and there.

We take in the beauty of her form. 

A sculpture worn by many years of life’s mouldings and brushings.

Bumps and blips.

The slights and slips that pass in the night.

A foot tells a tale of turning in.

A curl of the elbow, shrug of the shoulder.

A twist, a shallow breath, a chewed lip.
“How are you doing?”

A whisper of smoke drifts in with the question.

It coils and spreads, sings and croons, apparently aimless, yet not so.
 “Be here”
A coyote calls on the plain, howls to the moon and remembers.
She settles back a little. 

Shifts her weight. 

Takes a look around and eases out.. 

Softens and spreads.

A spell unbound.

She    is     so
Come take a walk.
Come home.

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1 Response to Poetry in motion

  1. Florence Feynman says:

    Lovely, thanks.
    I too have worked with Bruce. You may be interested to read a post I wrote in response to an exercise with him earlier this year: letter to my body.
    And another after a meditation with some of his colleagues: teach us to sit still.

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