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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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: 301
Comments: 66
Views: 288,526

In General Show Up! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #301 New 02-18-2018 07:44 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!

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In General Silence of Bells Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #300 New 02-10-2018 06:58 PM
Silence of Bells

With bell sounds gone
No left one to maintain the old traditions
River stones set in the tokonoma
Slowly covering in dust
Achieving silent perfection on their own
Cold air from broken windows stir
The weeds growing in the tatami edges
Over the years I remember most
The silence of bells
When, finally, everyone left

Views: 56

In General Foolish Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #299 New 02-04-2018 05:49 PM

When I stop to cut a cloud
Blocking my mountain path
I realize how foolish I am

Views: 63

In General The Moon Hides Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #298 New 01-27-2018 08:31 PM
The Moon Hides

In shyness the moon hides
But I coach it out, slowly
Without words or thoughts

Views: 76

In General All the Trees Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #297 New 01-20-2018 07:05 PM
All the Trees

All the trees
Know the wind intimately
Constantly they wind-dance
With each other

So, I keenly watch, observe
Looking for ancient wisdom
But, all I see are trees
Bending in the wind

Views: 122

In General Dead Meditation Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #296 New 01-14-2018 06:08 PM
Dead Meditation

In dead meditation
I approach, slowly, hesitantly, nothing
But, also realizing that I
Left nothing behind me
Till I understand that nothing
Is not a place, and idea, beyond me
Nothing is all around me
Inside me
A part of me
Or, actually, I am part of it
So, with no-place to go
I arrive

Views: 148

In General No One Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #295 New 01-06-2018 05:45 PM
No One

The bell talks to itself
The dojo is empty
Not even a shadow
Dwells in the mirror

Views: 132

In General All Roads Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #294 New 12-30-2017 06:18 PM
All Roads

All roads lead me home
The paths are all one-way
There is no turning back

Though I am sometimes slowed
By fear and suffering
I continue

Views: 133

In General Nen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #293 New 12-02-2017 05:25 PM

Applies to so many things
An acknowledgement, an appreciation
Of the importance of small things
A mindfulness of daily life
Small things, like the position
Of his weight as he prepared
Prepared his attack
As I minutely adjusted
My alignment in response

Views: 184

In General As I Am Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #292 New 11-25-2017 06:03 PM
As I Am

Shouldering the moon
I return to my bare house
Sitting, I close my eyes
And empty myself
Into my empty room
I sense the ghosts and shadows
Of my life -- insubstantial
As I am

Views: 173

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