You Enter the Sword

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Part of my morning routine at Mann’s Pond — an exercise where you imagine you are entering the sword/staff, then the staff entering you (hoshi otoshi in Shintaido). In beautiful nature, you are entering the world, the world is entering you.

Almost Rumi

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I couldn’t think of a haiku for this, but it would have had something to do with isolation and finding inspiration or longing in nature, with an eye toward the poetry of Rumi. It would have been good.

Dedicating a Practice to Joe Zawieski

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I’ve been thinking of our instructor and friend Joe, a couple years after his death now. This morning when I practiced Diamond 8 Cut, I dedicated that practice, those swings of the wooden sword, to him. To dedicate the movements drew me to a deeper level, reaching up into the blue sky, looking for some change or transformation. I found … Read More

Mann’s Pond Haiku 6/27/20

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An old mill was here / and the same falling water / feeds a new flower (Notes: Mann’s Pond is my go to spot for exercise in the morning. Stretching, jumping, waving a staff through the air. With heron’s, swans, snapping turtles, this waterfall from an old mill in the early 1900’s. The center of the world for me, always … Read More

Haiku 6/25/20

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radiate anywhere —beams of light, full round clouds / at Shaw’s parking lot (Note: I know, I know. This isn’t 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Doesn’t matter. I wanted to get the phrase “radiate anywhere” in on the opening line. It makes me happy.)