So many times I try to divide,
My mind from my heart
In matters pertaining to war.
We need no bullets,
Or hatchets buried deep
To slice each other’s soul –
A loosely spoken word,
As poison as a dart
That’s touched a crimson frog.
A look as cold as space.
A heart as unyielding as gravity.
These weapons often star.
It rends my aching spirit
Creates in me a destructive mind,
‘Cos deep inside I know.
Without you I’m only half,
And you can surely see –
You’ll never have to bleed for me.
- If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him.
- If he is in superior strength, evade him.
- If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.
- Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
- If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.
- If his forces are united, separate them.
- If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them.
- Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Once again I have used a word that some may find offensive, so please don’t read further if you think you may be offended. I have not used the word gratuitously and I believe that without the word, the character of the senryu would be softened and it’s impact significantly reduced. If you choose to leave I understand and wish you all the best; if you read on, I hope you find the piece meaningful. Kind regards, Andy.