Going to Noh / Taking the shoes off

Posted: July 13, 2007 in Poems in English
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Please take your shoes off here. The wood has to feel you, you have to ask it to let you pass. You have to breathe with it, caress it, there’s no road without a bridge. Then be malleable, like a banana skin, otherwise the spears will go right through your heart when you fall. And walk slowly, if the gods wake up you don’t know what to tell them. Bend your arms a little and regulate your breath. Only step twice in each square and concentrate on nothing.

Then go in smoothly, kneeling, crawling. There’s no room for mistakes or fear. All is one and words are nothing. All the millions of stones of exact equal size sing the lost song of riders and fighters. Here the dead flower is revived in the tea and the void centre keeps levitating around its own axis. Remember you took off your shoes.

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