Shibari in Paris

Rope suspension can be an intensely emotional experience, and a spiritual one as well if you go into it with that intent. This was written after my first suspension session with a rigger I’d never worked with before. I would work with him several times more before an injury and relocation ended the relationship. He was able to connect me with several shamanic allies through the ties he used and the rope materials we chose together. It takes a special skill even beyond those of an experienced rigger to understand what happens when the suspension triggers a journey, and to have the will to not interfere. He was a gift to me in the time we had.

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Shibari in Paris

(for Logan)

To trust the hook in the ceiling to hold you up, suspended
Five feet in the air, is to trust the hands of the man who
Installed it, the same one who’s going to tie you in knots
And raise you. You’re not going to fall. The pain that’s
Your part of this work is pressure and strain and torsion,
Not impact. It’s also to trust those hands on your body in
The intimacy of tying a hip harness, weaving a dragonfly
Sleeve, binding your breasts, knotting a breathing macrame.
The macrame is you. And when your mind flies off to Paris
To go strolling down the Champs-Élysées rather than face the
Implications of what you’ve done together here, that’s when
You’ll have to trust in it being a kind of love that makes him
Put those hands in his pockets as he watches. And you can.

2016

(photo: Wikipedia)

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