Aggressive Courtesy

Powerful soft thoughts about balance and rising above and "beautiful absence", by William Stafford (from Poetry magazine, September 1992) titled "Annals of T'ai Chi: 'Push Hands'":

In this long routine "Push hands,"
one recognizes force and yields, then
slides, again, again, endlessly like water,
what goes away, what follows, aggressive
courtesy till force must always lose,
lost in the seethe and retreat of ocean.

So does the sail fill, and air come
just so, because of what's gone, "Yes"
in all things, "Yes come in if you
insist," and thus conducted find a way
out, yin following and becoming
by a beautiful absence its partner yang.

(cf Aikido Spirit (2003-12-09), Good Manners and Taiji (20124-04-03), Taiji and Self Awareness (2014-04-15), Practicality of Softness (2014-04-25), Aikido Zen (2019-04-05), ...) - ^z - 2021-05-20