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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
James Sawers

This poem and others are available in my books, Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things....and, Nothing Special, and Nothing Matters..., available thru Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions and Barnes & Noble websites.....Also available as an e-book via Smashwords.com. Try this link: www.nothing-works.com for the full array of options.
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Status: Public
Entries: 310
Comments: 66
Views: 300,431

In General Thoughts Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #310 New Yesterday 05:37 PM

I think big, deep thoughts
That get me nowhere
I think small, personal thoughts
That just results in pain
If I try not to think
I drive my car into people
So, I sit and watch TV
I go to the movies
I try to wash my brain clean
Clean of any thoughts
Like a constant flash flood
Scouring the land of all debris
Thoughts swept away, away
When it works, it doesn't last
Thoughts -- my strength, my weakness
I sit and think
Thinking of thoughts

Views: 18

In General Zazen Wave Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #309 New 04-28-2018 01:27 PM
Zazen Wave

From a row of seated figures
Unmoving, except for their breathing -
Even the chanting has been silenced

I sense a zazen wave moving through the room
A cascade of a unity of beings and commitment
Energized by common intent and purpose

Views: 74

In General Venn Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #308 New 04-07-2018 02:10 PM
Venn Aikido

When I practice Aikido
I can't help but think
Of Venn diagrams
(You, too, right?!)
Of nage and uke
Disparate circles - merging
The set of me (nage)
Intersecting with set (uke)
N ∩ U -
The overlapping regions depicting
A set of possible outcomes
I automatically drop down
To Euler diagrams
Eliminating non-relevant options
Allowing me to choose
A fitting technique and outcome -
Ah, if only I were so elegant!

Views: 121

In General Flowing Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #307 New 03-31-2018 06:15 PM
Flowing Water

Clouds return to where they were born
When I catch up, I am surrounded by mist
Till I follow the freely flowing water

Views: 140

In General The Mountain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #306 New 03-24-2018 06:32 PM
The Mountain

The mountain is my way
Yet the mountain stands in my way
Only when this duality disappears
Will I be one with the high clouds

Views: 183

In General Duration Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #305 New 03-17-2018 05:37 PM

Duration, with no sense of time
I sit, and sit, just sit
Thoughts gone, feelings gone
Even pain gone
Transition back to real time
Is obvious, is now
But, where I have been
How I got back
Is still to me, a mystery

Views: 190

In General Night Air Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #304 New 03-11-2018 03:25 PM
Night Air

Night air pours through the open window
I lie in bed waiting for the moon to rise
And shower me in silver illumination
This is our time, when you will come to me

Views: 202

In General Dust Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #303 New 03-03-2018 05:46 PM

Dust everywhere
It clings to me
It surrounds me
It distracts me
Where can I go
What can I do
To escape all this dust?

Views: 307

In General Aiki-do Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #302 New 02-25-2018 07:14 PM

Aiki never resists
Yet is always victorious
It speaks about a harmonious joining
Of spirit and energies
Perhaps of directed intent
Of a strong Kiai!
It speaks of internal power
Of integrated, whole body force
Ah, aiki, so elusive…
Perhaps that is its ultimate meaning
Of fitting together all these definitions
Such that adaptation is true aiki
Aiki-do -- The Way of Adaptation?

Views: 215

In General Show Up! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #301 New 02-18-2018 06:44 PM
Show Up!

Any talent at all
Is a gift to treasure
But, to be tactless
His greatest gift was
Just showing up
He tried, he tried hard
He improved, but improved
Without any real potential
He wasn't going to be a star
And, he knew it
Still, where was the bar set?
He was friendly, obeyed the rules
And showed up, was always there
Each class was painful
Was a deep physical and
Psychological struggle
But, he persevered
He showed up
Years later, when he taught
His own struggle and patience
He bestowed on his students
He became one of the dojos
Very best instructors
Even now, the best lesson he teaches
Is just: show up!

Views: 217

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