Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Tuesday Tai Chi

by Joy DeHarpporte, Becketwood Member

Tuesday mornings we gather together
to hear the Lord’s blessing—
the Mississippi River flow,
the swish of grass as we gather,
the quieting of voices when we begin
our collective, meditative movement—
Tai Chi with Carol and Vanjie.

A dog splashes with a stick on the other shore,
Birds warble their praise of the day,
Cottonwood tree roots decorate the River’s edge,
and grass and sand and water sing with silent beauty
as we move slowly,  in sync,  in community.

We watch for an eagle’s soaring blessing,
listen for fish plops, water lapping the shore,
and appreciate this life celebration,
this slowing of body and soul,
this calm and prayerful motion
that brings peace.

Photo by Don Darnutzer.

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  • Maura Kolars August 31, 2017, 3:58 pm


  • Ruth August 31, 2017, 7:03 pm

    What a blessed time!!!

  • Helen Gilbert September 5, 2017, 12:21 pm

    Thanks for capturing the special joy of our Tai Chi mornings in words!