Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kyudo · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty

Lost on the Path: It’s Art

How can we possibly expect to pull the bow the same way every time?

How can we possibly expect to keep just pulling the bow exactly how we want to?

How can we possibly expect this mountain to only go straight up?

We are beings of the world,

melted by the sun,

frozen by the ice,

eaten by the wolves,

diseased by the bugs.

We pull the bow and pull and pull with our eyes on the targets.

The whole time in our proud noble stances we shoot through the fire,

until one moment you stop,

or are stopped.

Swallowed by a hole in the ground we are left with naught but our empty hands

and an ugly hole we don’t want to crawl out of.

But the only light is up,

and we’re getting hungry.

Finally we arise to find all around us is the same,

and that same us stuck in a stance of concentration has died,

frozen like an abandoned snake skin.

All this time change was happening on the inside, searching for a core forgotten, and now it stares us in the eyes, disabling us from doing what we once did at the shooting mark.

Broken. Lost. Hopeless.

This is not my home.

The people around me don’t see me for what I really am.

This is the quandary of expression in the art of the bow,

in the art of life.

Open.

In color.

Love.

Imagination.

Exploration.

If my art doesn’t contain these things, then I’m scratching through the nettles looking for the weakest part in the grass, looking for that passageway to a field I can feel free in.

Freedom in art.

Who ever said we’re just shooting the target?

Hitting the mark,

feeling special in front of others,

fearfully following a stronger force,

barking blindly at the night,

ha.

Not for me.

Open.

In color.

Love.

Imagination.

Exploration.

If my art doesn’t contain these things, then I’m scratching through the nettles looking for the weakest part in the grass, looking for that passageway to a field I can feel free in.

Freedom in art.

 

 

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