I am utilizing all my force:
Not easy to do with
simple bits of wood
and a table constantly tipped
by children at play
(not to mention the cat
in the garden).
—For my zengzu, “Pin Lim”, who loved maneuvering cannon; his Filipino son “Timoteo Tayag Limpin”; and my Papa, “Lazaro Esguerra Limpin,” who was a guerrilla second lieutenant in World War II and rendered my first salute as a lieutenant of American infantry in Las Cruces, Nou Méxic, home of the Battling Bastards of Bata-an (“No Mama! No Papa! No Uncle Sam!”) ROTC Battalion, on December 1997.
“I never saw such a salute
as the salute of my Papa–
the way he snapped his hand up there
he might have broken his arm.” –from my notes
Papa was 72.
Now 86, he is still teaching me a rare martial art known in his country as
sing me miike snow song*–“peacemaking through fighting“.
I am still learning the maneuvers:
painstakingly, patiently, relentlessly.
I am working on.)
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