Circumpolar

2016-05 Grand Ballon circumpolar star trails 01
image via Wikimedia Commons

Like stars that neither rise nor set,
I stay up at all hours lately.
Not every day, not circling endlessly,
but tonight I watch the Big Dipper
in solidarity. Awake in day and night.

 

stars

The circumpolar Big Dipper and the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia circle around Polaris, the North Star, in a period of 23 hours and 56 minutes. The Big Dipper is circumpolar at 41 degrees north latitude, and all latitudes farther north.
via https://earthsky.org

Zen Archer

archer

 

My breath breezes the arrow. Clear vision.
I am bowstring tight. Frozen in time.
A moment. Unconscious control of outer activity.
I am bow, arrow, bowstring, breath, target.

Slowly becoming effortless, both mentally and physically.

 



Zen in the Art of Archery (Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschießens) is a 1948 book by German philosophy professor Eugen Herrigel. It is based on his experiences studying a form of Japanese archery (Kyūdō). His book is credited with helping to introduce Zen to Western audiences in the late 1940s and 1950s.

I was introduced to the practice while reading some of J. D. Salinger’s stories. The character Seymour Glass used one aspect of Zen archery as a child playing marbles: aiming by deliberately not taking aim.

 

Archer image Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay