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Years ago I practiced Tai Chi and Qigong—martial arts both physical and spiritual— which offer so many benefits to those who follow those traditions. A central element of these Eastern arts is balance, as reflected in one of the forms—the title I chose for Open Link Night.

Many poets are nearing the end of NaPoWriMo. Many have committed to writing and, perhaps, posting a poem a day. Others of us are going through all the activities that come with the changes of seasons—whether raking leaves down-under or pulling weeds and planting gardens here in the Northern Hemisphere–all of this in the middle of the demands of every-day life. We are busy—often too busy. And that is when it may become so hard to achieve balance in our lives.

As April winds down, let’s take a moment as a community to consider what it is we do to create balance in our lives. What do you do to integrate work, family, exercise, leisure and spiritual commitments with writing, posting, reading and commenting on your blog? I hope some of you will jump in and share your ideas, perhaps support a tired poet, giving him or her encouragement to keep on.

Now, welcome to Open Link Night where you are free to post a poem on any topic, using any form you desire. If you are new to the game, here’s how to play:

• Write your poem and post it on your blog or website
• Copy the URL and paste it in Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post
• Take time to visit and comment other members of our wonderful poetry community
• Enjoy the process
• If you can add suggestions for us—those things that help you balance your writing and life’s demands—all the better

This is Victoria, your pub-tender today, looking forward to reading your ideas and poems. And don’t forget–the link for Monday Haibun is open all week with the poignant photography of Sue Judd and the thought-provoking theme of “beauty in decay” to tickle your creativity.

Here’s a link to an instructional video for the Tai Chi form, Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg. Balance exercises are so important, especially for those of us who are older, to help prevent falls.