The Sword of Taia

“Presumably, as a martial artist, I do not fight for gain or loss, am not concerned with strength or weakness, and neither advance a step nor retreat a step. The enemy does not see me. I do not see the enemy. Penetrating to a place where heaven and earth have not yet divided, where Ying and Yang have not yet arrived. I quickly and necessarily gain effect.”

The Unfettered Mind,  Takuan Sōhō, Translated by William Scott Wilson,   Kodansha International,  17-14 Otowa-1-chome, Bunyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8652.

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Here

Now

In the silence

Of the night

 

Hear

Now

In the silence

Of the night

 

In

This

In this

Moment

 

In

This

In this

Movement

 

The thoughts

Yet to become

Words

 

Tilt

Just a little?

 

And it forms

That tail of

A cat

All crooked

With questions

 

It was me

That you came

Here

For

 

Wasn’t it?

 

So

If you want

To ask

Then ask

 

You know

That I won’t get

Offended

 

And

It will

Help

You to

Find

Peace

 

Which

You

 

Are in sore

Need of

Now

 

Anniversaries

Are

Difficult times

 

And the sword of Taia

Needs not

For what could it need?

 

Else to feel the Dao

Of it all

And to flow

With the bamboo

On the winds

Of a coming storm

 

And to bend

Bend the knee

As Izanagi and Izanami

Mark the fabric

Fresh

Into the earth

 

To mould the island

Of birth

 

And it is the sword of Taia

Which

Inscribes

The character

 

Fresh

 

On the rice paper

Path

 

That leaves

Not the faintest

Vein

 

Of the autumn

Toe touch

And the summer rain

 

To see

The chrysanthemum

Awaits

 

While

The rainmaker

Bids

The moon

Goodnight

 

And my world

Is the better

 

With the hope

That

I have been

At least

A little

Use

 

Ichi