When We Do That We Sing (New Poem by Polly Castor)

When We Do That We Sing (New Poem by Polly Castor)

When We Do That We Sing!


Listen to the farthest sound.

Smell the air.

Notice the taste in your mouth.

Feel your fingers lengthen.

Remember a sense of lifting up.

Imagine there’s a peacock feather erupting

straight out of the top of your head.

Balance it there.

Get yourself organized.

Elongate your torso.

Lift your head from your spine.

It will not fall off  if you raise it very high.

Keep your shoulders down and rolled back.

We are walking wind chimes

danglingly ready

to be rung by the divine.

Pause, and breathe in

the possibility of the moment.

Exhale, and surrender yourself

to all good, releasing any distractions.

Breathe in again,

and experience the expansion

of your Spirit,

reflected in why

you are willing

and saying yes right now

to harmony and concord.

Just think a note,

let out your breath,

and there that sound comes!

You don’t make it.

There is no mechanism that snaps into place.

You merely allow conditions

for it to naturally, marvelously transpire.

You are an amazing instrument,

more valuable than a Stradivarius.

Cherish what you are.

Take care of it .

That is your biggest responsibility.

Your greatest privilege

is breathing in and out.

Since you can’t be

the judge

and the doer

at the same time,

don’t be worried about the result.

That’s God’s job;

ours is to dangle,

to think and to breathe,

and the miracle is,

when we do that we sing!


by Polly Castor


(remembering instruction by Jenny Foster)



I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Jennifer Foster 5 years ago

    I love your poem, Polly. And I love you. Happy dangling. Hugs always. Jennie

    • Author
      Polly Castor 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! Trying to hang onto it! (Pun intended) xx

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