(This article is going to be awkward. But what the heck.)
Yesterday I sent a secret e-mail to everyone on my Karate Nerd™ list.
It was a poem.
Now, I usually don’t write poetry. In fact, I never write poetry. But the recent arrival of spring awakened some artistic part of my soul. A part that felt there was no good online manifesto for us martial artists. So, I sent the poem to a friend who recorded his voice, and then I made a simple video to give a better emotional impact.
I’m not a poet. I’ve never done anything like this before.
But it’s from the heart.
Here’s a direct link: http://youtu.be/_q8HYZGyKuo
“Why I’m a Martial Artist.”
I am a martial artist. I don’t see the world like you.
I see below the surface, when you see water blue.
Although you can’t conceive it, I stand tall to face the wind.
And if you ask me how, I say it comes from strength within.
I am a martial artist. But competing is just a part.
When you see me standing still, I’m fighting in my heart.
I know that I am different, no need to tell me this.
I love the joy of training, somehow it brings me bliss.
I am a martial artist. But I have no enemies.
Although I’m trained to fight, my actions strive for peace.
I know you think I’m crazy, when I get another bruise.
But I just keep on training, no matter, win or lose.
I am a martial artist. This is the life I choose.
Hope it resonates.
Keep keepin’ it real my friends.
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* PPS. Thanks to Karen Eden for the inspiration!