‘The Mind Must Be Set Free.’
‘To reign in the mind tightly takes away its freedom. To keep our mind in close confines may be a necessary beginner’s habit, but doing so for our entire life prevents us rising to a new level, and will result in a life of unfulfilled potential.’
As Sensei Hazard says the simple is difficult
The difficult can be made simple by steps
Lown thocht* held light yet strong frees.
Like silk arrested internally for kamae*
A strike or block must suddenly be and power
From what was emptiness and calm
Be as lightning stretching across the Verdun summer sky.
(* Soft thought, Kamae-readiness, posture to begin)
That year in NY State Summer Camp
There were some more man
Than I was
Taller in the wheelchair than I wis standing.
Vietnam had taken a spine, a leg;
Even the ridding of human waste
Given out to the European counsellor.
Still the broken spleens, backs and lives continue
War and want around the world.
Back in that precious summer
Learning human dignity is earned
Despite the despots, Gods and demons
Who trample those with weapons or not.
This piece appears today in The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland). Good to have a wheen of readers across the nation.
Level to my car carapace eye
Five robin body lengths away
The blackbird guzzles yellow jewels.
Stuck as the rush of bipeds with bags
Goes by this atavistic duel
He eyes me as shoppers pass, motors run.
A yellow ocular rim gives his stare power
Mine bigger, less focused, mindful of the other.
Swallowing the berry orbs offered
He yields not a bit.
Relents to the green interior
His adversary is moving:
A fawn-coloured Mini has muscled in
Into a queue fat with the unnatural fuming.
Only two digits
How many thoughts, loves and dreams?
Crushed, lost, some killed unlawfully-
Twenty men or women ‘lost’.
10 and 10
A simple sum disappeared:
The total of workforce deaths in Scotland
Not fit for a nation, powers
To change this..to improve this.
Count 20 of your loved ones
*Comments to the new First Minister suggesting she should be happy with the powerful new scope of responsibilities for the Scottish Parliament; the ability to act on workforce deaths was one stripped from the proposed new powers.
Ma ain Shodan
He-Sensei Kase looked
Kent something beyond;
Technique unrefined, rapid, nae polished.
The memory of the kumite gone
Ethereal to reach as a single Atlantic sea swirl.
Later the man was to catch the belt
Huid its essence mair tichtly
Connect whiles letting self awa.
*Inspired by a new Shodan himself.