storm gon’ come

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Thus 

the superior warrior 

lures and deceives, falls back 

and then surges, drawing the opponent 

this way and that into the path of his strikes.  

His emphasis is not on the effect of 

one movement, but rather

the weight of his

combinations.

 

He 

uses his soldiers 

like a multitude of arrows and stones, 

sometimes keeping them still, sometimes releasing 

them in a terrible storm, like boulders

hurtling down a steep mountain.  

This is the way to 

shape energy 

in war.

 

from The Art of War, Chapter V

 

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my nose wrinkles at the smell of incense

Version 2

 

master’s

handiwork cannot

be measured but still priests wag

their tongues explaining the “Way” and

babbling about “Zen.” This old monk has never

cared for false piety and my nose

wrinkles at the dark smell of

incense before the

Buddha.

 

Crazy Cloud

speaks of Daito’s unsurpassed

brilliance but the clatter of royal carriages

about the temple gates drowns him out and no

one listens to tales of the Patriarch’s long

years of hunger and homelessness

beneath Gojo

Bridge.

 

Ikkyu

__________

In order to deepen his Zen understanding, Daito Kokushi (also known as Shuho Myocho, 1281-1338), the founder of Daitoku-ji, passed a number of years hiding out amoung the beggars clustered about Kyoto’s Gojo Bridge.