Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Infamous God Being" (Ode to Bruce Lee)

Infamous God Being (Ode to Bruce Lee)

Infamous God being
Who laid his life before opponents
And did not fear loss or anticipate win
A life time spent
and never wasted
Defeat never tasted

He was glorious in all his triumphs
And intended glory in his failings
While hailing
atop plateaus to see far
beyond moon and far
beyond sun
He steady aimed
And let his being candle flame
Burn brightly
Fueling light within himself
For all those who would follow
In his teachings
In his movement
And his word
Famed body
Famed spirit

Infamous God being
Took no shape
To life’s battering
Took no form
To system’s patterns
“Be like water”
He said
Be like water
He did

His prayer was paid for endurance
Not for ease in life lived
And reflected from his soul
We learned his mastery
His art in
Bending like willow and bamboo
Never breaking in the wind
Past flexibility and adaptation
No limitation as limitation

Infamous God being
I pay homage to you
For speaking, doing and living
In such powerful truths

Quotes used in putting together this piece:

“Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
― Bruce Lee

“If there is a God, he is within. You don't ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.”
― Bruce Lee

“Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!!”
― Bruce Lee

“Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
― Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
― Bruce Lee

“To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.”
― Bruce Lee

“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.”
― Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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