Monday, November 3, 2008

Warrior Kata

Kata - (noun):
an exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, especially a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers, used in Judo and Karate training.

I awake in the night, unable to breathe, invisible hands at my throat.
I gasp for air, precious, vital air.
My heart pounds against my ribcage, forcing life through my constricted veins.

A click! A spark!
So a few oxygen cells managed to make it to my brain. It was enough. I recognized this situation...it's happened before. In dreams, in consciousness.

An attack. Petty, but effective.
As the weight leaves my chest, I know that Warriors of Heaven are present. Not by sense, no - I cannot feel them, not just yet. But I know it is by their doing that I breathe freely.

Then -- yes, then! They spread their wings and overshadow me. In an instant, they have won.
A simple battle tactic I have recognized to be of the utmost importance...

I begin to pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name...

This is the Warrior's Kata.

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