Unturned Stones
By Cliff Dean

Unseen
(beyond familiar ground),
untextured
by the taint of "known",
unfettered
by mere mind's conceptions,
the ground beneath the unturned stone
lies
undefined
and is.

Drawing the Blinds
By Cliff Dean

Beliefs are filters
Through which we look
To see the world
From a tiny nook.

Stand back and look
To see what blinds
We've drawn across
Accepting minds.

 


 


My Sensei
by Ken King (originally sent to the Aikido-L mailing list)

The following is about respect and appreciation:
My Sensei cares about his practice
My Sensei cares about my practice
My Sensei cares about your practice

My Sensei is not perfect
My Sensei is "right" most the time

My Sensei puts me up against a brick wall
My Sensei puts puts me in the brick wall
My Sensei helps me over the brick wall
My Sensei puts up another brick wall

My Sensei believes in a good foundation
My Sensei is a great builder

My Sensei trains hard
My Sensei trains me hard
My Sensei is very soft

My Sensei knows what he wants
My Sensei expects me to know what he wants
My Sensei rarely gets what he wants
My Sensei works with what he gets

My Sensei scares me
My Sensei inspires me
My Sensei confuses me
My Sensei enlightens me

My Sensei - Thank you


 

A Year in a Dojo
adapted by Wynne from "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent

525,600 minutes
525,000 journeys to live
525,600 minutes
How do you measure
Measure a year?

In ki tests?
In shikkyo
In taigi?
In shomen-uchi?
In waza?
In hanmi?
In kote-gaeshi?

525,600 minutes
How do you measure
A year in a dojo?

In bleachers?
In pool views?
In rolling?
In funakogi?
In bokken?
In shinai?
In tanto or jo?

525,600 minutes
525,000 lessons to teach
525,600 minutes
How do you measure a year
Of a sensei in Longmont?

In mirrors?
In showers?
In gradings?
In ginger compress?
In yellow?
In orange?
In over-the-top?

525,600 minutes
525,000 sword cuts to go
525,600 minutes
How do you measure
Measure a year?

In questions?
In misogi?
In bowing?
In sitting seiza?
In endless
Variations
Of folding hakama?

525,600 minutes
How do you measure
A year in a dojo?

In pizza?
In costumes?
In mummies?
In toilet paper?
In pot lucks?
In cheesecake?
In purses that hide?

525,600 minutes
525,000 students to meet
525,600 minutes
How do you measure a year
Of a sensei in Longmont?

It's time now to practice
For the learning never ends
Let's celebrate, remember a year
In the life of friends!

 

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