When we think of what sustains & supports us, our first thought is not usually of our body.
Most often we consider the external forces- people we love, places that hold an emotional tie, animals we care for & rely on for their regard, work that challenges us, an old sweater or blanket- animate & inanimate that provide a sense of comfort.
The body’s unwavering support always exists.
Our spine that, for most, can bend & sway yet continues to hold us up;
our ribs encircling us, embracing & protecting what is most vulnerable;
the breath that animates & sustains.
“your new goal is to learn to breathe / through bones, to make flutes of them.”
~ Destiny O. Birdsong
::photo: National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health