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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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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In General snapshots. police. old. young Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #106 New 03-16-2012 09:18 PM
snapshots. police. old. young
CHiPs, John or Punch by N-ino

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.

Lisel Mueller, Monet Refuses the Operation

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Though now in her old age, in her young age
She had been beautiful in that old way
That's all but gone

W B Yeats, The Old Age of Queen Maeve

I have lived long enough: my way of life
Is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf;
And that which should accompany old age,
As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth act 5 scene 3

He is a policeman you know
All the years and nothing to show
He is a policeman you know

Chicago, Policeman

She did not really want to know; she believed she understood already.
Philip K Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

These are all things I saw, heard or read last week in Japan.

Neighbourhood loudspeakers asked everybody to look out for a man in his seventies who had gone wandering off. And described what he was wearing. Age-related problems like wandering are becoming more and more common. 23% of Japan's population is over 65, the highest percentage in the world. The figure is projected to be 41% by 2055.

A plainclothes police officer caught a man who had groped a girl student on a train. The man was in his sixties. He didn't try to escape. His looked resigned to what was going to happen. Probably there would be serious repercussions for his professional life and his personal life. He might lose his job. Perhaps even his family. The police officer stood beside him on the station platform holding him firmly by the arm with one hand while he telephoned for backup. It was a katatedori one hand grip with the little finger up and towards the opponent. In aikido training the grip would normally be with the thumb up and closest to the opponent.

The Japanese National Police Agency released some data from the Tohoku earthquake one year on.

65% of the dead and missing were over 60.
5% of the dead and missing were under 19.

A police officer on a white motorbike stopped at a traffic light. He looked very cool and self-confident. He was wearing sunglasses and a scarf. A little boy crossing the road holding his mother's hand couldn't take his eyes off him. They were huge with awe and admiration.


poetry, e-books, music
Lisel Mueller, Monet Refuses the Operation

Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

W B Yeats, The Old Age of Queen Maeve

William Shakespeare, The Complete Works free e-book

Philip K Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said pdf

Chicago, Policeman on youtube

http://I Just Didn't Do It http:...0070202a6.html

Aqui la traducción en español

Hier die Deutsche Übersetzung

my home page with a mirror of these blog posts plus posts not related to martial arts: mooninthewater.net/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.

© niall matthews 2012
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#2 03-18-2012 09:52 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Billy. I hope your club grows and prospers. And you grow in aikido for another well 60 years might be pushing it but let's say 30. By then you'll just have to smile and softly raise your arm to throw an attacker across a room. And I hope that sounds familiar. The model for it is in the name of your club. Cheers, Niall
#1 03-18-2012 04:00 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; I like this blog! Age is on my mind a lot these days, I am 60 on 09/08/2012. I know you remember how wild I was! At work I tell my colleagues I have no desire to advance my only ambition is for the growth and development of Asoryu Aikido Club and my personal growth in Aikido that's my future. I know you know where that comes from! Kindest as always, your friend Billy

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