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It relaxes the body It’s good for the soul It releases tension for the young and the old Movements that keep you healthy they call it the art of TAI CHI It exercises the limbs all over It purifies the blood makes you healthier Stretching, turning rhythmically flowing, moving consciously Relaxed movements like the sea flows controlled breathing like the wind blows A ancient art from civilized nation A series of moves in deep meditation The yin and the yan which is soft and hard you can only comprehend it if your mind is broad It functions to the beat of creation It balances left and right in perfection So why not make friends with your body? Through the art of TAI CHI.
This poem was originally published in Tafari L. Rhyme Don’t Pay. Wirral, UK: Headland Publications, 1993 (available from Headland Publications at 38 York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 3JF), and is reproduced in the JECH with the author’s permission.
Tafari Poem Collection
This poem is one of a collection of eight poems by Levi Tafari on environmental health.
Recordings (video and audio) of four of the poems are available.