Michael Flachmann and Victor Lasseter
Hurricane. Earthquake. We all have our fears.
Being alone. Or not being alone.
We scribble and practice riding the years
as though text could keep us from being thrown.
If nothing else, remember this: perform
the throw: Kōhō
roll). Ready? Let us tumble to the score
“Love Hurts” rendered by Emmylou Harris
and Gram Parsons, the album Grievous Angel.
Still standing? I recommend the Yoko
ukemi (sideways fall). Wave to playful
children and sky-eyed sheepdogs, for they know
what it’s like to be coiled and sprung. Tobi
Ukemi; tobu both to jump and fly.
Note: In Judo ukemi refers to the various falling techniques
that are an essential part of Judo. Tobi ukeme specifies one such fall, the Forward Flip.