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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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  #94 New 12-09-2011 09:25 AM
smokin'
Tokumochi Matsuri by Coal Miki



There are many that I miss
having sent my last one out a car window
sparking along the road one night, years ago.

Billy Collins, The Best Cigarette

Time takes a cigarette
Puts it in your mouth

David Bowie, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Out with the light.
Let the smoke lie back in the dark.

Edwin Morgan, One Cigarette

two hours later
you know where I was found
smokin' in the boys room

Brownsville Station, Smokin' in the Boys Room



My first aikido teacher Kinjo Asoh sensei, 7 dan, was a heavy smoker when he was younger. In the 1950s he smoked 80 cigarettes a day. He said that he was starting to lose the feeling in his hands when he began aikido training. He was 53 years old. He trained every day and twice on Sundays. It was called training 8 days a week in those days. He stopped smoking immediately. He lived until he was 84.

Japan is late for many things. People can still smoke in restaurants and bars. Even today in the 21st century many sports players smoke. And many martial arts teachers smoke. Sometimes a teacher comes into the dojo smelling strongly of cigarette smoke. They don't have to do a technique. They can just breathe on an attacker.

Niall


poems
http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Billy-Collins/816
Billy Collins, The Best Cigarette

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets...an/poems/15550
Edwin Morgan, One Cigarette


music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg4ekLG9Zo
David Bowie, Rock ‘n' Roll Suicide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVvMyvQ4ANI
Brownsville Station, Smokin' in the Boys Room


background articles and smoking manners posters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Collins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Morgan_(poet)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_in_Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Tobacco
http://www.jti.co.jp/sstyle/manners/...ery/index.html


my columns on aikiweb:
Resistance
Martial Arts in Manga and Animé
Indigo Blue
Improvised Weapons No.1: The Umbrella
Brothers
Unbalance - Feet of Clay
Half a Tatami
Zen in the Art of Aikido


I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.[/i]


© niall matthews 2011
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#3 12-10-2011 10:23 PM
niall Says:
I saw the eclipse of the moon last night. The moon become a faded red.
#2 12-10-2011 12:49 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Carina. Great poems. La lune ne garde aucune rancune in the T S Eliot poem is a bit like the moon has no desire to be reflected from my blog heading.
#1 12-09-2011 01:41 PM
Thanks Niall, good of your teacher to quit it in time to still enjoy aikido.I like smoking is now forbidden in all indoors in Spain.Poems Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south? of Pablo and Smells of chestnuts in the streets,And female smells in shuttered rooms,And cigarettes in corridors And cocktail smells in bars.of T.S.Eliot
 




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