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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: 327
Comments: 66
Views: 328,505

In General Flowing Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #307 New 03-31-2018 07:15 PM
Flowing Water

Clouds return to where they were born
When I catch up, I am surrounded by mist
Till I follow the freely flowing water

Views: 242

In General The Mountain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #306 New 03-24-2018 07:32 PM
The Mountain

The mountain is my way
Yet the mountain stands in my way
Only when this duality disappears
Will I be one with the high clouds

Views: 288

In General Duration Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #305 New 03-17-2018 06:37 PM

Duration, with no sense of time
I sit, and sit, just sit
Thoughts gone, feelings gone
Even pain gone
Transition back to real time
Is obvious, is now
But, where I have been
How I got back
Is still to me, a mystery

Views: 287

In General Night Air Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #304 New 03-11-2018 04:25 PM
Night Air

Night air pours through the open window
I lie in bed waiting for the moon to rise
And shower me in silver illumination
This is our time, when you will come to me

Views: 298

In General Dust Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #303 New 03-03-2018 06:46 PM

Dust everywhere
It clings to me
It surrounds me
It distracts me
Where can I go
What can I do
To escape all this dust?

Views: 422

In General Aiki-do Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #302 New 02-25-2018 08:14 PM

Aiki never resists
Yet is always victorious
It speaks about a harmonious joining
Of spirit and energies
Perhaps of directed intent
Of a strong Kiai!
It speaks of internal power
Of integrated, whole body force
Ah, aiki, so elusive…
Perhaps that is its ultimate meaning
Of fitting together all these definitions
Such that adaptation is true aiki
Aiki-do -- The Way of Adaptation?

Views: 328

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!

Views: 295

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: 318

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: 309

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: 258

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