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I used to think people were afraid of death;
They would fight their enemies till the very last breath,
They would learn to face weapons from the sword to the knife;
Then I realized actually they were afraid of life.
Afraid of humility so they translate it as weak;
Afraid of compassion so they critically speak,
Afraid to admit that they can live without fear;
Afraid to accept why Aikido is here.
If there are no enemies that means we all are just friends,
But how many see this? Or hide behind 'it depends'.
How many have seen Aikido's truth in resplendence?
How many know it's a gradual path of transcendence?
Afraid to look many cling to the past;
Ideas of self defence guide them like a ships mast,
But that wind has one direction and it's continually blowing;
It takes you backwards so you end up less knowing.
Defending the indefensible, they they talk about Aikido in a fight;
Not even sensing that's insensible yet it's hidden in plain sight,
Thinking that against greater strength Aikido helps you escape;
Thus the truth is missiing thus they are yet to awake.
Aikido, a path of harmony following truth that are always there;
Truths don't fight or clash or fear but bring about life to share,
Expressed through a martial art, that's new and quite unique I say;
Thus it brings about a whole zen koan, for you to work out one day.