This is the most important poem I've written.
It was my first attempt at writing what I came to call a personal prayer. When I separated myself from religion, I recognized the need to form my own perspectives on life, reality, and self-betterment. I've always had too much energy to be able to maintain control, so the obvious first step in my evolution was to Bring it Back to Center.
This poem was born on the morning of September 14th after a concert unlike any other. I found myself in need of relaxation when I got home, as my body naturally tends toward intensity. I looked in the mirror and told myself to bring it back to center—and then repeated the five words a hundred or so times at various speeds and intonations until the meaning had drifted away, leaving only sounds. I had found my mantra.
I went to sleep without writing the words down, but the seed had been planted. I picked them back up a month later, built up and tore down several poems over the next six months, and finally performed this on May 6th, 2013. It was a big step forward for me, and I recite this prayer whenever I feel less than centered.
It always does its job.