Theodicy in Pure Barre


If we sit to work or pray, the back curves
in all the wrong places. Take inventory:
straighten the spine; tuck the hips forward. 

	Assumption: Lactic acid builds and pools in stillness.
	Solution: Always move. Bend. 
		    Do not sleep.

Soldier says, Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy.
I say I do not have the strength
to rest or to cook—let me learn
to throw a punch.

		Assumption: Evil exists. 
		Solution: A rabbi says evil is just
                          the absence of good. 

Scoop through the spine with intention.
Exhale all the language
for problems never meant to be solved:
bridge the hips. Pulse 
toward the ceiling or G-d. 

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