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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: 355
Comments: 68
Views: 462,891

In General The Narrow Road Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #325 New 10-31-2018 07:20 PM
The Narrow Road

Does it have to be hard?
Does the Way have to be difficult?
Why not easy?

Sit down -- contemplate
See the simple, easy Way
A wide open Path

With tempting promises
Everywhere you look
Far and wide

Now, view the Narrow Road
To the interior of self
Not a Starbucks in sight!

Views: 876

In General Power of Bliss Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #324 New 09-08-2018 07:20 PM
Power of Bliss

She sits in my lap
The power of bliss
Pouring through us
She is my goddess of dawn
And brings joy beyond belief

Views: 852

In General Walking the Path Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #323 New 09-01-2018 08:03 PM
Walking the Path

Walking the path
I approach the gate
Passing the gate proved easy
So, gaining confidence, I continued
With more faith and more energy
Till I approached another gate
With a little more struggle
I passed this gate too
Ahead, I see yet another gate
Ah, each gate is not the gate
But a gate, one apparently, of many
But all gates are on the same path
Each gate is not a barrier to overcome
But a threshold to leap through
Offering and gaining new insights
New meanings, with each passage
Now, when I approach a new gate
I pause and thank it for the lesson
Before passing on through

Views: 690

In General Randori Hurricane Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #322 New 08-11-2018 06:08 PM
Randori Hurricane

Don't wait -- initiate
Move, move, move…
Don't wait -- initiate
Move, move, move
Relax mind and body
Enter the randori hurricane
Don't wait, don't wait, don't wait
Initiate, initiate, initiate
Move, move, move…!

Views: 754

In General Strange Thoughts Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #321 New 08-05-2018 06:02 PM
Strange Thoughts

When I see you
In your wet, sweaty gi
I think strange thoughts

Views: 690

In General Listening Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #320 New 07-28-2018 07:34 PM

As uke moves
I listen to what his body says
And listen to my own body's reply
Our conversation ending in a throw

Views: 757

In General Reiraku Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #319 New 07-14-2018 05:28 PM

I wrap myself in my spirit threads
My white garment slowly turning red
Death approaches without quarrel
Wrapping itself tighter and tighter
Till all I can say is Thank you

Views: 646

In General God/Me Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #318 New 07-08-2018 03:54 PM

When I got to the end of the universe
I found god waiting for me
Wearing my very own face
No matter how far I travel
Or where I travel to
I find my god/me waiting

Views: 846

In General New Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #317 New 07-01-2018 04:31 PM
New Aikido

The new Aikido:

Here, please take my center.

No, I don't want your center!

No, take it, I know you want it.

No, I don't want it!

Well, I don't want yours either!

Views: 1448

In General Smooth Power Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #316 New 06-23-2018 07:07 PM
Smooth Power

The gi was heavy with sweat and scent
The coarse fabric rough against my skin
Nage drew me close, very close
Irimi Nage can be can be so personal
I mentally commanded my body to relax
To relax and feel the movement
When he threw me I felt
The smooth power and the release
My ukemi was not so smooth
One of many things I need to work on

Views: 827

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