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Sirsasana (The Headstand)
By Charles Levenstein

Decapitaphobia: fear of snapping off
's head like the end of a stringbean.

Also bars the somersault,
even imagining the headstand.

Perhaps I can sneak up on it,
walk in backwards,
roll to my shoulders
and stay there, belly threatening
to engulf head. Nevertheless,

I am proud of this ungracious pose,
even though not sirsasana.
I would go further and do the plow
but am hampered by tightly wound hamstrings.
In any case backwards is not forwards.

No longer a stringbean,
must practice courage.

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