Body and Soul
Take a deep breath and then let it go.
Do that again. Do you feel a tightness in your diaphragm? Your jaw? Your shoulders? Fingers? Take another, deeper, breath–this time, extend your arms out to the sides and shake your hands. (If you’re at work, or in the coffee shop, maybe you should find a stairwell or closet or stall. Just for a couple of minutes.) Shrug a few times. Shake your…all over. Now, relax. Close your eyes. Sway.
Got some Bossa Nova in your music collection? It doesn’t matter: just think “Girl from Ipanema” Tall and tan and young and lovely…
Tall and tan and young and lovely,
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes, “Aaah…”
When she walks, she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes, “Aaah…”
Yeah, like that. Just.
When you sit down to write, send your internal censor back to the stairwell, and BE the girl/boy who makes each one go “Aaah…”
You are the most desirable person in the song. Write that into a poem. (You can always revise it all away, relax)