I Had Two Students 2009 I Have More Students 2013

                I Had Two Students

Worth the effort of a thought as ode:

I had two students who, the two

Were more than good;

Two students long ago,

Sincere, in tune

With what I taught, they listened;

Not a theme that brings applause.

There are universals

In the student who excels.

Confucius lauded those,

Who once corrected, never

Made the error over.

Personal and corny,

This, for Anna, Judy,

Down for all eternity.


I Had Two Students 7.27.2009

Circling Round Yoga; Special People, Special Occasions;

Arlene Corwin


I Have More Students


Teaching after many years;

Strictly speaking, thirty years.

Thirty new developments:

Let us say advances, change, expansions, growth,

Maturity, improvements; movements, yes,

Let’s call them movements.


Teaching once again and how

I love them – now

With mother love,

Regardless of

Age, character, health, gender,

Aptitudes.   All open to

Their new call yoga.

Age is advantageous;

Wrinkle has its force,

Influence its own

That smooth-faced youngsters

Cannot own.  Anecdotes

And silly jokes

To pepper truths with;

Improvised, creative lessons;

Backlog of creative funds

To last a lifetime,

Offered in the static wonder

We call yoga.

Open and obedient, each

Trusting in the message of the class.

What lecturer could ask

For more?

To leave the floor

Exhilarated, energized,

Shaped-up, sized-up all in an hour.


I Have More Students  5.4.2013

Circling Round Yoga; Special People, Special Occasions;

Arlene Corwin











Day After (3 versions) 2013

Day After #1

One day

After New Year’s Eve;

Thirteen sun years

After millennium:

Continuation ordinaire,

Nothing changed but numbers.

What makes dates so great?

Why fireworks

To signalize, nay, celebrate

A time that’s anyway here/gone?

I am a yin/yang person

Thinking all the time –

What’s there to make a fuss

About when it’s a fiction?


Day after New Year is

Continuation ordinaire:

Nothing changed except the number.

I‘m a yin/yang, pro-con person

Celebrating time that’s done.

Why the fireworks

When it’s a fiction?



One day

After New Year’s Eve;

Thirteen sun years after


Continuation ordinaire,

Nothing changed but numbers.

What makes dates so great?

Why the fireworks

To signalize

A time that’s anyway here/gone?

I am a yin/yang person

Thinking all the time –

What’s there to celebrate

When it’s a fiction?

Day After 1.2.2009/2013

A Sense Of The Ridiculous; Birth, Death & In Between;

Circling Round Time; Circling Round Reality;

Circling Round Vanities;

Arlene Corwin

Can Opener Syndrome

Can Opener Syndrome

The latest question:

Why can

 My can


Not un-can

When wrist and thumb,

Which work un-fumbling,

Grip and turn,

And in return

Get zilch – a piece of metal,


Spurting in my face,

Its contents teasing, visible,

Its filling inaccessible

And unobtainable.  I hate

Those days.

Can Opener Syndrome 10.18.2009

 Birth, Death & In Between; Circling Round Wrinkles;

Arlene Corwin

Influences #2 2009

             Influences #2

At work so subtly,

Layering from top to deep.

Layer top to layer deep

Without a peep, covert consents;

For overnight you write like him,

You sound like her,

Make friends and unintentionally take.

Enduring; waning, penetrating

Molecule to cell.

Such mystery, this subtlety – but real:

Your path,

Eventually, style.

©Influences 12.28.2009 revised 4.12.2010  Circling Round Reality; Nature Of & In Reality;  Arlene Corwin



Influence 2009


Influence – do you?

Do I?

And all the editorialization

Of the agencies of ad –

What is it that is had?

Well, nothing that will last forever,

Influence an hour long.

I could be wrong.

It is a riddle.

My small circle

With its ripples,

Small perennial and legendary –


Creating archetype and story

That upholds the day.

An old, old testament holds sway

Over a future

More than one short hour long.


Influence 07.9.24revised 12.18.2009 Our Times, Our Culture; Nature Of & In Reality;  Arlene Corwin

You Can’t Cheat Time 2009

            You Can’t Cheat Time

You cannot cheat

The time it takes…

You meditate,

And though you do it right.

Concepts, like devotion, love

Have subtleties you can’t perceive

Until it’s time – and then –

They take on meaning:

Conception-to-revealing light.

Knowledge time-related,

Insight time dictated.


© You Can’t Cheat Time 11.23.2009Nature Of & In Reality; Time; To The Child Mystic;  Arlene Corwin



Sudden Death 2009

              Sudden Death

Dropping dead

Smack in the middle

Of a sentence or a dance

Is blessed, I think:

Light-to-darkness in a wink,

Then on to who-knows-where?

I therefore think it’s best to get

Your issues cleared

Before the date:

Long, long before…

Though neither lingering nor knowing

Where you will be going sounds almost, well, pleasing,

Don’t be lazy.

When you hear about the ones who went quick-quick.

For your and everybody’s sake,

Make ready.

© Sudden Death 11.25.2009 Birth, Death & In Between; Circling Round Energy;  Arlene Corwin

On An Article About Me 2009

               On An Article About Me

‘A wholeness’; ‘oneness’; ‘unity’.

My name, my aim:

[To be] the same in every setting.

He [the writer] captured part.

It was my fault;

You talk and talk, he writes and writes.

As always, you leave out. As always,

He prioritizes: life projection –

Partly this, partly that,

Partly fiction, partly fact:

A hole.

But on the whole, a one;

And it’s just fun to see my name in print –

Accurate or not.


© On An Article About Me 11.13.2009 Circling Round Vanities;  Arlene Corwin



Living Laboratory 2009

              Living Laboratory

I, living laboratory

Group and sort.

It lives within and I can’t help it.

Mechanisms underlying,

Leading to the natural;



Laws mutual, interdependent.

Albert Cat reacts

To birds that eat

The nuts, gnats, worms.

The forms!

And still the laws.


©Living Laboratory 12.28.2009  Nature Of & In Reality;  Arlene Corwin


It’s Funny To Be Funny 2009

            It’s Funny To Be Funny

It’s funny to be funny.

Make ‘em laugh,

Ground profound.

Yet make them laugh –

At life,

Words, paradoxes,

Life’s concoctions,

Activating spirit all the while.

Next time, I’ll chuckle,

Say I’m working on the whole(y) psyche

Which I’ll spell inside myself

With H – and smile.


© It’s Funny To Be Funny 12.10.2009A Sense Of The Ridiculous;  Arlene Corwin 

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