A Feigned Pose

In abundance, it grows
Deep wisdom ancient

Alongside stinging nettle
Gracefully, it stands

I, too feign a pose
Itching injury persistent.

All I should do is breathe
Unfurl towards the light

As curled fronds of a fern
Surrender and let go.

The Fern

note: In response to Midweek Motif, “Yoga” at Poets United.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Beautiful, natural, easy image; luv it!!!

    “As curled fronds of a fern
    Surrender and let go.”

    much love…

  2. I, too, really like those closing lines. What we should do, and what we do are often two very different things.


  3. Ah, those “shoulds”! And yet, if we persist, we are like the fern, I’m told. Wow.

  4. I connect with your words. My personal yoga is to simply stand, breathe, and absorb the moment, preferably somewhere in nature.

  5. The last two lines are an absolute beauty Khaya. It’s really a beautiful image of meditation. I also believe that ‘surrender’ and ‘let go’ is everything.

  6. The imagery of the two last stanzas do wonderful things to the soul. I can see the speaker exhaling, unfurling, being…

  7. Yes, yoga is a soothing strategy that leads to heal. Once we ‘surrender’ and practice with ‘the goal’ in mind, ….the inner peace follows. 🙂 Lovely poem, Khaya!

  8. What a beautiful poem! Really gives me a deep appreciation of yoga! Nice to meet you here at Poets United!

  9. A lovely sense of calm and acceptance towards the end and I love the image of unfurling like a fronds of a fern…and yes, that yoga breathing key to all! Beautifully written, Khaya! ?

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