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The inspirational essence
They say, that drives good poetry
Can never be defined
Only alluded to
It is strangely beyond
The very words that are used
It is hard to find
Only clumsy metaphors are left
Yet, it will come to you by itself
It will come through
A lack of desire
And through a lack of effort
Are we only talking
About poetry now?
The Wabi-Sabi of Aikido
Trimming away and eliminating
Creating your aikido-self
Each technique and movement
As nage and uke
Create an imperfect
Impermanent and incomplete