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Any talent at all
Is a gift to treasure
But, to be tactless
His greatest gift was
Just showing up
He tried, he tried hard
He improved, but improved
Without any real potential
He wasn't going to be a star
And, he knew it
Still, where was the bar set?
He was friendly, obeyed the rules
And showed up, was always there
Each class was painful
Was a deep physical and
But, he persevered
He showed up
Years later, when he taught
His own struggle and patience
He bestowed on his students
He became one of the dojos
Very best instructors
Even now, the best lesson he teaches
Is just: show up!