Interlude – The Zen Marksman

Imagine, a small god of hedgerows and countryside; genial and amenable, but slightly bored in the winter lull.

Imagine this small but happy god, it’s been drifting with a bird of prey, watching through the extraordinary eyes of the bird as it sees a pair of beings from a height of over 500 feet.

The god can see a strange aura between the two beings and drops from the raptor to get closer to the two.

This is what it sees.

One smaller being, one larger. The larger being moves more slowly and wears multiple layers of clothes.

One smaller being, one larger. A master and a pupil.

The master is teaching a lesson to the pupil and the god gets a little closer to pick up the thought patterns as the teaching continues.

The master’s focus is incredible, he has sighted on a single leaf of a sprawling holly bush and can see every single vein, every detail of every needle.

He sights in on the centre of the leaf, a tiny area where the main vein bisects the leaf and is exactly the same distance from the needle at either side.

Pausing for a second, the master tells the student that this is what is known as ‘Mushin” in Japanese, it translates as either ‘no mind’ or ’empty mind’ – this is vital to the accuracy of the shot that he will take.

He pauses.

He begins to control his breathing and focusses in even further on the leaf.

The god is fascinated, it has never seen this before and it is amazed even further when the master’s aura shimmers and blurs – focus is now complete.

The master is ready to let fly at his target.

His body is still, his mind calm, every muscle is attuned to the task.

He lifts one leg.

And lets fly with a a stream of urine that hits the leaf exactly where he has aimed.

The god begins to drift away, there is no more to learn here.

As he gains altitude, it hears from the pupil for the first time.

“Fucking hell Milo, I thought you’d never do that, can we start walking again now please?’

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