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The mat seems harder today
My body perhaps a little more stiff
A little less responsive
But, the bell rings - thrice
And we bow, and we start
How many years has it been?
How many different faces
Have I bowed to over the years?
We are all here for the same reason -
Practice - so, let us begin...