Stretch

There’s a particular joy in overcoming

In fighting to find calm

In working to appreciate.

 

Tadasana

Arms raise up

Then collapse at the heel

 

There’s a joy in difficult circumstances

In breathing through the fear

In feelings so strong your stomach hurts.

 

Notice how discomfort is different from pain.

A foot lands softly on a rubber mat

Strong and stable

 

There’s joy.

 

Maeve Wall is a 2015-2016 ETA at Sadaebucho Elementary School in Daegu.