Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Wisdom of Saints DE Bobby McCray

From Mister McCray's training camp memoirs, which one day will be reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement, but for now is being excerpted in the Times-Picayune:
This is training camp. No leaving the hotel. I call it jail. If you need something, have somebody drop it off to the hotel for you. But you don't need anything. This is training camp. As long as you don't forget your helmet, your mouthpiece and your shoulder pads, that's all you need.
This could all be a quiet and clever effort by Mister McCray to update the Tao Te Ching for a modern Western audience. To wit, please consider this excerpt from the great Chinese work:
When the ancient Masters said,
"If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,"
they weren't using empty phrases.
In fact, let's rearrange some of Mister McCray's words into a more poetic style:
This is training camp.
No leaving
the hotel.
I call it jail.

If you need something,
have somebody drop it off
to the hotel
for you.


But you don't need

anything.

This
is
training camp.

As long as you don't forget
your helmet,
your
mouthpiece
and your shoulder pads,
that's all

you need.

2 comments:

saintseester said...

Timeless!

Anonymous said...

Research article, theoretical framework, original application. Well done. a