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April 18, 2011


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Terrific, Mitch. Can't wait for your May 9th reading at KGB Bar. -- DL

Oh, Mitch, you're not old. :)

Thank you, Laura. I must have been mistaken!

"Would you or anyone want to read it?" People read Philip Roth. I say: go for it.

Special thanks for the mention of the Shoreham ... and Ophelia's lap . . .

so many happy hours in the shoreham until the roach infestation kicked in.

My Response to Old Ladies Carrying Yoga Mats

The old women come to the park
near the Temple of Heaven
when the air is crisp and lean
their bicycles, unload the ribbons
and wands, or whatever
the slender sticks are called

and music begins from someone's
boom box. Color spirals,
the sinuous curves and curls
of streamers float near a tai chi group
carving imaginary melons in half
with the flats of their hands,

the vertical slice, a slow horizontal.
Ballroom dancers sway, round woman
to woman while their male partners
sweat over mahjong bets. I compare
these women to my friends who drive
through darkness to a room glittery

with mirrors and pose themselves
as instructed by a trim beauty with a
microphone perched beneath her firm
chin -- and I say this as an old woman
myself -- my admiration extends
even to this young woman posed

in downward dog, her body a perfect
mountain peak and beyond to the uneven
lowlands, the soft hills of sixty-somethings
reaching for the same yoga pose, hidden
deep in a basement room. It is the natural
order of things to become old, and though

Mitch Siskind writes that his gorge rises
at the sight of the yoga crones we read it
in the literary context of his own tower of heaven fallen. Old women with musical ribbons, yoga posers, slow dancers show
what should never be hidden. Go granny go granny go.

Yoga Mats ensure that Yoga is practiced in a more comfortable focused and unhindered manner.It gives stability when we doing yoga.

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