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Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea,
Now steals along upon the Moon's meek shine
In even monochrome and curving line
Of imperturbable serenity.
Thomas Hardy, At a Lunar Eclipse
It is the very error of the moon,
She comes more near the earth than she was wont,
And makes men mad.
William Shakespeare, Othello Act 5 Scene 2
Over the mountains
Of the moon,
Down the valley of the shadow,
Ride, boldly ride
Edgar Allan Poe, Eldorado
Under blue moon I saw you
Echo and the Bunnymen, The Killing Moon
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The Waterboys, The Whole of the Moon
Over Sarusawa Lake when the mist is thick
The rising and setting of the moon
No man knows
Trevor Leggett, Zen and the Ways
What has the sword to do with poetry about the moon? What inspirations is the swordsman expected to get from viewing the moon as the day dawns? What secret is here?
Daisetz T Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture
Last week there was an eclipse of the moon. Over Japan the moon became a faded red.
I have always liked the moon. It's in the name of my blog. Moon in the water. The moon in the water is an idea from zen and Japanese swordsmanship. The moon is free of emotion. Water is free of emotion. If there is a reflection of the moon on the water or of there is no reflection of the moon on the water it's all the same. In zen and in the martial arts your mind must al
There are many that I miss
having sent my last one out a car window
sparking along the road one night, years ago.
Billy Collins, The Best Cigarette
Time takes a cigarette
Puts it in your mouth
David Bowie, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
Out with the light.
Let the smoke lie back in the dark.
Edwin Morgan, One Cigarette
two hours later
you know where I was found
smokin' in the boys room
Brownsville Station, Smokin' in the Boys Room
My first aikido teacher Kinjo Asoh sensei, 7 dan, was a heavy smoker when he was younger. In the 1950s he smoked 80 cigarettes a day. He said that he was starting to lose the feeling in his hands when he began aikido training. He was 53 years old. He trained every day and twice on Sundays. It was called training 8 days a week in those days. He stopped smoking immediately. He lived until he was 84.
Japan is late for many things. People can still smoke in restaurants and bars. Even today in the 21st century many sports players smoke. And many martial arts teachers smoke. Sometimes a teacher comes into the dojo smelling strongly of cigarette smoke. They don't have to do a technique. They can just breathe on an attacker.
At the violet hour, when the eyes and back
Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits
Like a taxi throbbing waiting
T S Eliot, The Fire Sermon, from The Wasteland
You talkin' to me?
Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), Taxi Driver
Listen late last night I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took my girl away.
Counting Crows, Big Yellow Taxi
‘Have you played Hyde Park before?'
‘No but I have walked through it.'
Adam Duritz, Counting Crows
Once I lost my wallet on the bus on the way to training at the Aikikai hombu dojo in Shinjuku. I got off the bus at Nuke Benten Mae bus stop, the closest bus stop. I quickly realized that my wallet wasn't in my back pocket. I had taken it out to pay the bus fare and so maybe it had fallen out of my pocket when I sat down at the back of the bus. Immediately I grabbed a taxi and told the driver to follow the bus. I had enough change in my pocket to cover the minimum fare shown on the meter. The taxi driver was fast and helpful and we caught up with the bus. I jumped on and asked if anyone had seen my wallet. No. I went to the back of the bus to where I had been sitting. A man was sitting there. I asked him if he had seen my wallet but he said no. I looked around and finally asked him to get up so I could look under the seat. He was sitting on the wallet and had obviously planned to keep it. I gave him a long look and he looked embarrassed. But anyway I had my wall