A Pipe Dream

courtesy: Amy Kalyn Sims

courtesy: Amy Kalyn Sims

Jump or step

Our teacher instructs

Into chaturanga

 

Inhale updog

Exhale downdog

 

Look forward

Jump to seated

 

Instead we look sideways

Who does it best?

Who is clumsy?

Where do I fit in?

 

It is not a competition

She tells us over and over

At least once each class

 

And still we compare our biceps

Our quads, bellies, and butts

To our mat mates

 

Acceptance is a pipe dream

 

We wish to be digitally enhanced

Airbrushed and photoshopped

 

No tolerance for weak knees

Fleshy thighs, and unpainted toenails

 

No tolerance for that unfamiliar dude

Who walks into our neighborhood

On his way to god knows where

 

No tolerance for the emo girl

Who sits in a corner reading a book

Looking sad

 

No tolerance for the self-confident woman

in a turban wrapped in layers of fabric

eating an orange

 

Acceptance is a pipe dream

Thanks for reading!
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