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Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
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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..., 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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In General Even As They Ask Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #235 New Today 10:51 AM
Even As They Ask

Even as they ask they teach
I paused, the kyu rank's question
Momentarily halting the flow
The explanation required thought
And as I thought, I learned
I bowed in gratitude




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In General Even His Equal Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #234 New 09-18-2016 01:40 PM
Even His Equal

My teacher said
That he was teaching me
To be better than he was
That it was his duty
To progress the art this way
Not all feel this way
Some hold back
So I hated to disappoint him
But my art could never
Never be even his equal
Never mind superior



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In General Bonsai Soul Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #233 New 09-11-2016 02:31 PM
Bonsai Soul

My bonsai soul
Pruned, sculptured,
Shaped by life
And deep soul-winds
Sometimes brutally
Sometimes gently
A continuing process

Sometimes, sometimes
I lend a hand
When I can
But, mostly, mostly, I am
Only an observer
Watching my bonsai soul
Take shape



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In General My Calligraphy Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #232 New 09-04-2016 04:44 PM
My Calligraphy


My calligraphy is poor
It shows hesitation, indecision
It lacks poise, precision,
It lacks boldness, flow, clarity
Hell, it just lacks!
But, I sit, I breathe
I take up brush and ink
And delve once more
Into my deficiencies




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In General Writing Poetry Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #231 New 08-28-2016 05:01 PM
Writing Poetry


When you write poetry
Everything talks to you
The wind, the trees, flowers,
Traffic on city streets
The moon takes on a new life
Especially internally
Even ordinary existence
Is full of non-ordinariness
A stone by the side of the road
Tells me many stories
The true nature of things
Is partly revealed...But...
The common world
Still confuses me
Meaning still eludes me
But, even this, I write about



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In General Samurice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #230 New 08-21-2016 05:48 PM
Samurice

He walked into the dojo
Confident, arrogant even
He said he had black belts
In a number of martial arts
And, now, wanted one in aikido
How long will it take? He asked
I got one in taekwondo in a year
And, I really like that samurice stuff
(Really! Samurice??)
Sensei's reply was nicer
Than mine would have been
But, we did suwari waza
For the entire class that night
We never saw him again



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In General Black Belt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #229 New 08-14-2016 06:33 PM
Black Belt


As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing

As part of a three-some
I stand to the side
Waiting my turn
Watching other aikidoka
On the mat
I watch the ebb and flow
The atemi, the ukemi
The grace, the lack, thereof
I see kyu ranks struggling
Using brute force, and
Too much muscle
Too many muscles
To perform techniques
And, scratch their heads
As some black belts
Moving with speed and precision
Utilize trained strength instead
And do the techniques effortlessly
Still, something seems off
And I don't know what
When my turn comes
I jump right in, but still thinking

As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing



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In General There Is This Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #228 New 08-07-2016 06:55 PM
There Is This


There is this
Thusness...
Suchness...
Concentrate on this
Don't add
Don't subtract
The not-self is not there
Yet is
Sunyata thus tathata
Emptiness thus suchness
Beyond the zafu
Beyond words
Look at the world
With eyes
That have no meaning



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Views: 787


In General Jisei Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #227 New 07-31-2016 05:40 PM
Jisei


Even the sun, the full moon
Are eventually overcome by death
Why should I be different?




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Views: 765


In General Only the Frogs Cried Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #226 New 07-24-2016 06:34 PM
Only the Frogs Cried


As saintly as he was
He ate, he shat, he bled,
He pissed in the night
Young women brought him
Delight and trouble...
Mosquitoes whined in glee
When he sat under a full moon
Frozen icicles hung from him
In the winter
Sweat steamed from him
In the summer
Still, he harmed no one
And brought joy and comfort to some
In the shadow and shade
Of the ginkgo tree's
Whispering leaves - he died
Only the frogs cried




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Views: 721



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