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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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Entries: 355
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Views: 464,140

In General Sitting in a Bar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #275 New 07-08-2017 04:21 PM
Sitting in a Bar

Sitting in a bar
On the north side of Chicago
Watching people, thinking
I can almost grasp it, almost
It's there, tantalizingly so - almost!
An real existential moment
(I get a lot of those in bars!)
What does it all mean?
We go about our business
Working, doing stuff....
Seeking some sort of connection
But, is there more? Has to be!

I now sit in another bar
A thousand years from now
On a distant space station
Orbiting a majestic gas giant
Thinking the same thoughts -
We have since discovered god
And asked him to give humanity a break
He's been so busy catching up
With the ever exploding multiverse, anyway
But we still search for true meaning -
The bartender keeps them coming
A very retro bar - a human bartender!
Sgt. Pepper plays in the background
Did I say retro?

Maybe in another thousand years
We will have it all figured out??
Later I will take in some
Low gravity Aikido practice
Watching through massive screens
The swirl of fantastic, fast moving gases
In the gas giant below
As nage and uke go round and round
Seeking a union as tantalizingly ephemeral
As that which we have all searched for
Since our mortal creation

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In General Eve of Deconstruction Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #274 New 07-01-2017 07:44 PM
Eve of Deconstruction

And tell me
Over and over and over and over again my friend
You don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction
Mmm, no, no, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction

All the Bannons are a flyin'
All the signs are a pointin', pointin'
Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?
If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you boy
It's bound to scare you boy
Look whose finger is on the button, boy
Look whose finger is on the button!

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction

Look at all the politicians a plottin'
Look at Putin come a knockin'
The American infrastructure deconstructin'
Look at all the cabinet choices
Look at all the scandals explodin'
Look at all the Tweetin', my boy
Yeah my blood's so mad feels like coagulatin'
I'm sitting here just contemplatin'
I can't twist the truth it knows no regulation
Handful of senators don't pass good legislation
And marches alone can't bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin'
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction!

Have a good 4th of July......and,
With apologies to Barry McGuire
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In General God Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #273 New 06-24-2017 08:52 PM

God visited me tonight
He came out of the night sky
A blazing span of stars and nebulae
He came dressed in tenuous clouds
Drifting in pulse-beat with the spheres
He came with the ocean reflecting
The splendor of the heavens
The ebb and flow of the waters
In counterpoint to the drifting clouds
He came into my own eyes
And found his way into my soul
Where my each and every breath
Measured themselves in cosmic time

Views: 581

In General Color of Your Mind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #272 New 06-17-2017 09:37 PM
Color of Your Mind

Learn about life from life
About death from death
Direct experience
Is the best experience
Do not ponder overlong
Minimize that distance
Between self and object
Then the essential nature
Is revealed
So, kiss the wind
Cry with the rain
Walk the earth
Smell the blossoms
Caress your own tombstone
The color of your mind
Should be the same as that
Which you perceive

Views: 496

In General Trust the Wind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #271 New 06-11-2017 05:07 PM
Trust the Wind

Flow and harmony
Are usually lacking in life
In general, Chaos
Makes us afraid
Makes us unsure
But, trust the wind
Trust its essence
And make it your own

Views: 609

In General A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #270 New 06-05-2017 06:54 PM

People and palaces
Mountains and rivers
All erode over time
But the teaching remains

Kilworth Chapel
University of Puget Sound
A gathering, a remembrance
A commemoration of a life
But mostly, a celebration
Of a very special life!
Solemn, respectful, beautiful,
But, full of joy, also!

The chanting, the chanting
The Heart Sutra - The Heart of the
Perfection of Understanding

Something we can all meditate on
Feeling so familiar and soothing
Deep, flowing, harmonious...
The drum, beating in counterpoint
Occasionally, a bell ringing
All blending into a comforting whole
Resonating within the congregation

Life is but a brush of wind
Lightly felt upon the world
So goes an old Chinese saying
But, not so some lives
Chiba Sensei left his mark
In his family, his friends,
His organization, his art,
And in all his students

His life was more like a rock
Thrown into life's pond
With ripples expanding out and out
In ever increasing waves
With each of his loved ones
And all his students over the years
Creating their own ripples, ripples
A continuation of a heritage and a legacy
Beyond one mere mortal life

... but a brush of wind...?
Not so...unless that wind
Was a hurricane!

Summer Camp...
As gi and hakama flow
A gathering of hearts!

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In General Broken Barriers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #269 New 06-04-2017 06:18 PM
Broken Barriers

Once the barriers are broken
And the hinges smashed
You look back and see
That there was no need for violence
For the gate was always open

Views: 645

In General Placid Acheron Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #268 New 05-26-2017 07:05 PM
Placid Acheron

I stand by the ferry
Waiting, waiting my turn
The quay is always crowded now
And Charon is so busy!
But I am patient
The deep abyss of Tartarus
Can wait a little longer
Quiet, placid Acheron
Mother of Styx and Cocytus
Can ferry me to the underworld
Anytime, anytime - the dead
The dead have no need of timetables
My comrades and I stand easy
So many battles we fought together
There is no rush, no hurry
And Charon is always fair
He has eternity on his side
As now, do we

Please take some time this Memorial Day weekend to remember our military service members, past and present!

Views: 539

In General With a Pen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #267 New 05-13-2017 09:41 PM
With a Pen

With a pen
I brush the scent of life
I pluck meaning here and there
I speak of clouds, of trees, of wind
I speak of far mountains
Covered in drifting mist
Still, what is my role here?
Is there meaning beyond me?
My words separate me
So, putting pen aside
I sit, just sit, absorbing all
My paper remains empty
But, is it?

Views: 634

In General Good Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #266 New 05-07-2017 05:35 PM
Good Aikido

Good aikido is fun aikido
If you are not enjoying the moment
Something is wrong
Whether as nage or uke
Defending or receiving
Joy is there
If you are nage
And your defense works
If you are uke and
Your receiving provides its
Very own, unique solution
Whatever, enjoy the moment
Good aikido is fun aikido

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