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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: 360
Comments: 68
Views: 599,154

In General Empty Streams Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #260 New 03-25-2017 07:28 PM
Empty Streams

Do empty streams
Cascading over jagged white rocks

Rushing towards the great sea
Really need you or me?

Views: 670

In General Moon Death Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #259 New 03-19-2017 12:06 AM
Moon Death

I watch from a distance
As the moon dies

Up close, it still dies
Is there no remedy?

Views: 702

In General Umbrella of Heaven Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #258 New 03-12-2017 12:14 AM
Umbrella of Heaven

Under the umbrella of heaven
I follow my whimsy and delight
Cascades of secret joy
Flowers cover the path
I walk and walk
Ahead, I see home...

Views: 675

In General Without End Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #257 New 03-04-2017 11:50 PM
Without End

In each stroke of the bell
We hear the past and the future
Each class continuing without end
We sit and bow before the tokonoma
Our: Sensei, onegai shimasu!
Echoing through time

Views: 706

In General Mist Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #256 New 02-26-2017 12:49 AM

The mist stretches
For a million miles
There is no escape
Lacking any choice
I carry on
All I can see is
The rocky path

Views: 888

In General Intent Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #255 New 02-19-2017 12:15 AM

Alive with intent
I move to the edge
And jump off

Views: 1278

In General Answers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #254 New 02-12-2017 12:55 AM

I was born
To pain, doubt, fear,
Perhaps, with some relief
And, maybe some love
But, such are the conditions
Of all births, surely
I learned to navigate
The ups and downs, downs,
More downs, of life
I tried not to become too bitter
And was as successful as some
Perhaps, most...
I sought out answers
To this and that - and more this
I even sought out answers
To questions I didn't even know I had
A much more difficult task
Let me assure you
Sometimes I catch glimpses
Fleeting glimpses of something
Something beyond the obvious, but
As Lord Buddha once said:
You're fucked whatever you do!
At least, that's what I think he said
But, then, he was always
Saying weird shit -
Weird to me, anyway
Be that as it may
While I still search
I don't, in actuality, expect
To find any real answers

Views: 1449

In General Silence & Stillness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #253 New 01-29-2017 12:53 AM
Silence & Stillness

Only in silence and stillness
Can you truly know yourself
From this source of knowledge
And deep, deep strength
You can go forth
And swim in the sea of suffering
That is called the world
And actualize the path to end it

Views: 1292

In General Who am I? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #252 New 01-22-2017 06:03 PM
Who am I?

Tell me, who are you?
The Buddha is queried
I am he who woke up.
Was the response
So goes the ancient story
So simple, so profound
So, when I sit, once settled
I start off my session
With that very question:
Who am I?
I let it reverberate
Bounce around inside my head
I watch it slip over the edge
And come back up
Again and again
Who am I?
Who am I?

I am still waiting for an answer

Views: 1531

In General Dojo Tiger Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #251 New 01-15-2017 12:20 AM
Dojo Tiger

He had mastered kata
And thought himself invincible
A real dojo tiger
But he had not thought beyond
Beyond mere form, mere kata
To the place where victory
Wasn't assured, wasn't preordained
A battlescape where blood,
Pain, and death lived

The awakening was shocking
Was brutal - but his opponent
Called blood, pain, and death, home
To be treated with the fear and respect
They deserve and demand
And be paid a regular tithe
So, planning for victory
Also meant planning for defeat
The opening was where it always was
In the space between the forms -
The gaps - where true victory lies

Views: 1726

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