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Poem: "going to the ocean" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "going to the ocean"

This poem came out of the December 7, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi.  It belongs to the series The Origami Mage.


going to the ocean


origami mage
tired from her long journey
goes to the ocean
to the temple of Mazu
and bows to the statues there:

Mazu in jeweled robes,
Thousand Miles Eye in red
with his two sharp horns
and With-the-Wind Ear in green
holding his single horn high.

origami mage
thinks of her vanquished rival,
kirigami mage,
dragging herself down the trail
still determined to follow

"Tell me, Grandmother,"
she prays, dropping to her knees,
"how you learned the trick
of turning your enemies
into loyal guardians."

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siege From: siege Date: November 26th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Shock them with peaceful stature in the moment of their strength, then handle them with kindness aimed directly at their most vulnerable injury. In this way your serenity will intimidate their strength, while your kindness will break their heart and cause them always to wonder if you are truly an enemy of their well-being."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I see that you know advanced pacifist combat skills. :D
siege From: siege Date: November 27th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

It's most difficult to be pacifistic when one is in pain. The pain demands action, demands a response by the need to survive. But when one places that pain in a more complete perspective, it gets easier.

It still is not easy, and I fight more often than I make peace when I'm faced with conflict. But it is always worth considering as an option.
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