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Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 PM
James Sawers

This poem and others are available in my books, Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things....and, Nothing Special, and Nothing Matters..., available thru Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions and Barnes & Noble websites.....Also available as an e-book via Smashwords.com. Try this link: www.nothing-works.com for the full array of options.
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  #19 New 08-19-2012 03:44 PM
We Would Like You to Retest

I stand there
Facing the kamiza
And the seated judges
Respectful and silent
Sweat cooling
Everyone else
Sitting in rows
Sitting in seiza
A sea of white gis
With an occasional
Dark hakama
The dojo finally quiet
After intense moments
Of effort and action
Nage and uke -- many ukes
Flowing in harmony (?)
With sweat and breath

We would like you
to retest
, they say
Dreaded words
What they don't say:
AKA: You failed!
You did not pass
The test!
I absorb this news
(Shit, damn,
this sucks!)
And the critique
That follows
Breathing, calming
My mind and body
And emotions
I bow in acknowledgement
Returning to seiza

Views: 1775 | Comments: 2

RSS Feed 2 Responses to "We Would Like You to Retest"
#2 08-20-2012 06:05 PM
James Sawers Says:
Yes, perhaps that is why they phrase it so........I pened this just prior to my last test, guess I wasn't feeeling too confident, but they were kind....
#1 08-20-2012 01:33 PM
Rob Watson Says:
My speciality! It's not failure but an opportunity to try again ...

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