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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Aiki-Rumi? (Poetry) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 11-22-2003 02:06 AM
Among some of the reading I've been doing lately, I've been going through a bit of Rumi [1207-1273] --- mostly the shorter poems for the time being, since things have been busy. Now, sometimes I really wonder if maybe I just have Aikido on the brain so much that it's skewing how I'm being influenced by things (I mean, this *is* coming from the lady who will walk through a mall and purposefully distract herself by visualizing aiki waza after all... ) but I'll let you judge for yourself as to the "aiki-value" of the spirit behind some of these (in some cases, fairly well-known) poems:

I stand up, and this one of me
turns into a hundred of me.
They say I circle around you.
Nonsense. I circle around me.


A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.


I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?

[NOTE: this second half is italicized, as if a response]
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.


You have said what you are.
I am what I am.
Your actions in my head,
my head here in my hands
with something circling inside.
I have no name
for what circles
so perfectly.


Keep walking, though there's no place to get to.
Don't try to see through the distances.
That's not for human beings. Move within,
but don't move the way fear makes you move.

[Last but not least, my personal fave: an ode to Aikikai. *she chuckles knowingly* ]

Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.
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