Art of Balance

In short dramatic male monologue Art of Balance, KANJI, a Samurai Master gives advice to a young American disciple he very much believes in.

KANJI:  …You hear your inner voice but see in your mind’s eye, white smoke…(pause) Long time ago, my great ancestor, Yuzuki Takeshi, come back from battle, sword give him fatal wound; lived long enough to travel back to give family final message; when he arrived, he spoke of not having proper balance of sword…he died; left behind valuable lesson…”In order for one to obtain full balance of oneself, one must see clearly with both eyes.”  (beat)  You have not been seeing clearly with both eyes.  Sometimes, you see too clearly, sometimes you see white smoke…one must learn to balance consistently and then you can take next step toward your spirit’s desire.

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