Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sybil, Why Do You Regard Yourself as a Warrior Poet?

I got this question in an e-mail today. I figure, if one person is asking, another thousand are curious, so. . . I strive to continually improve myself. . I work hard to develop both my mental facilities and my physical facilities. I am a warrior tradition in the oldest of all traditions, I follow the code of bushido (as much as modern living and the roles I play, so allow) , and I do write poetry about nature and my battles ;)

Here is a living definition of the Warrior poet:

The Warrior-Poet is the several thousand-year-old tradition of dedication to developing the body and the mind as one. The bushido warrior code of ancient Japan, the Shambhala teachings of Tibet, the chivalrous knights of medieval Europe, the warrior poet Ice Cube, and the ancient Greek warriors are all examples of this proud tradition.
The Warrior-Poet retains a mysteriously ancient aurora, a member of the leadership class who guides with wisdom and courage. They are defined by their dedication to their crafts of warfare, and intellectual study and reflection.
The Warrior-Poet learns to develop the mind and the body as one, using each to guide the other. The Warrior-Poet is also a spiritual warrior. The warrior-poet understands their true relationship to the heaven and the earth. They understand that they embody the heavenly representation to the earth, and the earthly representation to the heavens. In other words, it is up to the warrior-poet to balance the cruel realities of the earth, while living by the standards of the heavens.

Also it can be someone who spatters blood and guts in cinquains and quatrains.

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