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Pillow Book
Pillow Book
by Ross Robertson
Pillow Book

~ Warm sunlight and gentle air on bare skin.
~ The rhyming language of the woodpecker and the squirrel.
~ A possible confusion between acceptance versus denial.
~ 1940s vintage Navy peacoat, missing button.
~ Doves in the tallows, like newspaper on a windy day.
~ A puzzlement that cemeteries are so much lovelier than where the living live.
~ The bright arc of the space station overhead just after sunset.
~ Thanksgiving Day and a Significant birthday bookended by two more momentous events.
~ Family.
~ Not Family.
~ Details assiduously attended, from within a serene and drowsy stupor.
~ The exchange of poetry with a distant brother.
~ Old photos.
~ Sustained eye contact with a kneeling officer, speaking On Behalf of the President of the United States.
~ Ariel's song, and "Stop all the clocks."
~ Another birthday.
~ Lovers.
~ Missing aikido. (Again.) (Still.)
~ Genealogy, and echoes.
~ The problem of the folded flag, never to fly again.
~ Processes and passages. Pumpkin pie and preserves.

14 Days and 21 Lines After the Death of the Author's Father
Ross Robertson
Still Point Aikido Systems
Honmatsu Aikido
Austin TX, USA

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Old 12-31-2015, 09:44 AM   #2
Janet Rosen
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Re: Pillow Book

Thank you for this. Sending a warm and loving hug across the miles.

"A possible confusion between acceptance versus denial" is one of the great sentences of any given month or year.

Janet Rosen
"peace will enter when hate is gone"--percy mayfield
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
Susan Dalton
Dojo: Greensboro Kodokan
Location: Greensboro
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Re: Pillow Book

I'm sorry for your loss, Ross.
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:55 AM   #4
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Re: Pillow Book

Compassion and condolences ...
BTW: a folded flag never stops waving ...

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:57 PM   #5
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
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Posts: 346
Re: Pillow Book

Thank you all. Like most people in the web of society, his contributions are invisible and unknown beyond the local nodes, yet a meaningful part of the larger pattern.
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