An analogy

Something different today – a free-verse poem about two of my favorite things – Karate and sea glass.

assortment sea glass


Waiting in sand
Signing the waivers
High tide washes
Salt sweat drips
Chemical reactions erode
Muscles burn, fibers break down
Pebbles pummel
Fists strike
Waves toss
A student topples onto the mats
Years pass
The process continues
Sharp edges are rounded
Movement becomes graceful and powerful
A gem is formed
An artist is forged
And refined
And refined
Tide after tide
Year after year



Author: Joelle White

I began training in Karate in June of 2014 after a 27 year hiatus.

10 thoughts on “An analogy”

    1. Hi, Rach!
      Oh my, I’d love to try dorodango. I know a source of wonderfully fine clay – it seems to well up at the base of a bluff on one of our local beaches. There are other clays readily available because the hills around here are basically glacial till left over from the Ice Age. But none so fine as the clay I’ve found 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to another craft and for stopping by and complimenting my post!

      1. I wanted to use soil from outside our dojo but in the end settled for soil from our garden. I actually had to seive it a lot first before even starting the process but it was all very therapeutic and part of the learning process. I think it would be a great activity to do on a gasshuku (eg for the kids) when not training.

  1. You, like Sensei Andrea, obviously have a talent for creative writing. It’s no wonder that the both of you have great blog sites. Keep them coming, big fan of both. ğŸ˜Ž Continued success. All the best and full respect.

  2. Aww, thank you Steve for the wonderful compliment. I appreciate you reading and commenting – readers like you keep me blogging!

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