Bow In – A Poem by Jo Anna Shaw

“When you bow deeply to the Universe, It bows back.” — O’Sensei, Morehei Ueshiba

Bow In

the practice mat invites
the aikidoka to be
a humble student

to enter
and open

as a soft glow signals
the birth of a new day
and way

or shadows surrender
to the dark void
of night

respectfully bowing in,
aligning with the energy
of the universe

a powerful, peaceful, playful wind
turning, bending and shaping
what enters

so breath
and movement

on the mat — and beyond

Jo Anna Shaw
December 2017