According to legend, Don Diego taught Zorro to fight by forcing him to stay within a circle while practicing with his sword, and expanding the circle as his skill and power increased. Happiness gurus tell us to focus on our Zorro circle. Fine. But.

The Zorro circle

Step into my circle, Don Diego,
and tell me how it feels
when the part you can control
is constantly shrinking
shrinking until all that is left
is a noose.

Poetry by Åsa Andersson
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Written on 2015-07-30 at 09:18

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Another gem, very concentrated and, as a result, powerful.

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
How interesting. The idea of the circle becoming a noose is clever. I can imagine Captain Ramon saying this of Zorro. We loved playing the characters with wooden swords as kids. Very nice :)

John Ashleigh
Very, very good. Such potency and refinement. I am most impressed with this piece. *applaud*


jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Both of you poems today are serious, and serious in a way I can understand. But this poem, the Zorro poem of the ever-tightening circle, requires a Zen solution, or else. You have a sword. Cut it. Cut the noose.

I'm not being flippant, there has to be a way to think differently. Or else.

I'm so glad to see your poems again, though they are troubling.


it reminds me of a famous individual in the talmud i can remember his name, he used to ask god to get the rain in the circle he had drawn and put himself in