October Flash Fiction: Poses by Ben Berman

Poses
Ben Berman

My wife is tired of running alone together and when she proposes signing me up for a trial pass at her yoga studio I know what’s really on trial, know every time the teacher comes over to gently correct one of my poses I better think of it as an exercise in flexibility.

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But after a few weeks these early morning classes almost begin to feel like a centering practice. And though letting go of ego always poses a problem for me, I slowly find myself letting the teacher press one hand against my pelvis while the other adjusts my chin  recognize that this is stretching me in important ways.

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Still, when the teacher comments one day on the strength of my focal points, I can’t help
but wonder if something special inside of me has manifested in my posture. And though I 
acknowledge his praise with the slightest lowering of my eyes  don’t even glance over at my wife to see if she heard  all that modesty is just a pose.

Ben Berman’s first collection of poems, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, came out this past spring from Able Muse Press. In addition, he has received honors and Fellowships from the New England Poetry Club, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council and currently serves as Poetry Editor of Solstice Magazine.