A long and gracious fall this year.
The leaves are down. Gardens: emptied,
manured, tilled, smooth, and waiting.
Mower and tiller serviced and put away.
Smoker put away, as is the summer table.
Prayer flags, windsocks and their poles: down.
Twenty-foot homemade badminton poles,
peace flag at the top of one, store-bought net—
all down and put away for another year. No more
outdoor summer chores.
Fall planting — peonies and tiger lilies — done.
Summer flower stalks removed, beds mulched,
a blanket for the cold. Fall pruning done.
Woodshed roof hammered down and sealed again.
Cellar closed. Drive staked and flagged so the
snowplow knows where to go.
What else is there to do? Finally, for once, we are ready
for the snow. Ready now to come inside. Time now for
words and music, poems and shakuhachi. Time now
to light some incense, sit and stare at candlelight.
They asked me what I was reading – and laughed when I told them Batman. Probably thought to themselves, “Oh, he’s a graphic novel lover.” And I am – but not for why they think. Instead I’m modeling.
I’m never going to be rich like Bruce Wayne, but it’s the archetype that I’m tapping into. It’s no different than studying Greek mythology to understand fundamental human behaviour we all have inside of us. I’m a martial artist – whereby the martial arts has affected the way I live my life. Reading Batman allows me to tap into a world where being better than human is possible – and that means I can try to bridge that gap in my own mind. One thing is very clear to me: whether Bruce is real or not, he trained his ass off in the martial arts in order to do what he’s able to do. While he’s got all the gadgets in the world, hard work and time spent in the arts are the two things that really come out when he’s fighting. And that’s something I can aspire to.
Read comics. Be better than human.
Rest Day … It’s the perfect night to go for a Brisk Walk with the little ones!
Much respect to CTK for dropping a terse message in our lap this fine morning. We prefer terse, pithy and dense messages around these parts! Bundle up, be safe tonight and most importantly … ENJOY!!!