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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: 360
Comments: 68
Views: 611,740

In General Step Through Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #250 New 01-08-2017 01:01 AM
Step Through

Only in pain
Can you know pain
Only in joy
Can you know joy
Only in experience
Can you know experience
Thinking and learning
Will only get you so far
Drop them off at the threshold
Mystical everyday life beckons
Step through

Views: 1378

In General Flowers Bloom Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #249 New 12-31-2016 08:51 PM
Flowers Bloom

A monk shits in the woods
Flowers bloom in multicolored forests
The sun hurries across the sky
As does the silver moon
What does it all mean?
Everything? Nothing?

Views: 1432

In General Promise Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #248 New 12-25-2016 12:10 AM

At this time of year
When I do zazen
And I am deep
Deep into the silence
The deepest silence
I hear something
A whispering something
Coming closer, closer
And I see a light - reddish

With a subdued roar
And swish of parting air
Rudolph, leading eight friends
Passes over me
On a mission of joy
But, looking back at me
Santa smiles in understanding
With a promise to return
When I am ready

Views: 1307

In General The Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #247 New 12-18-2016 03:26 AM
The Moon

The moon high in the night sky
My mouth, full of moonbeams
I am speechless, finally

Views: 1187

In General Snow Falls Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #246 New 12-11-2016 12:13 AM
Snow Falls

The snow falls
Quietly, thickly,
With implacable efficiency

Even as it kills me
I bow in gratitude
For the beauty revealed

Views: 1418

In General Footsteps Disappearing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #245 New 12-04-2016 01:01 AM
Footsteps Disappearing

Through my open window
The moon's light limitless
I inhabit my absence
My heart-mind at peace
My true nature comes forth
I think of walking on falling snow
Footsteps disappearing
With each step

Views: 1245

In General At the Water-Hole Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #244 New 11-27-2016 12:31 AM
At the Water-Hole

Late at night
At the water-hole
Animals think nothing
Of drinking in the moon
In the water
If I joined them
What would happen?

Views: 1280

In General Quiet Mystery Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #243 New 11-20-2016 01:04 AM
Quiet Mystery

Candlelight crowds the night
In quiet mystery
Thought and silence
Merge together
In primal unity
Who else knows of this?

Views: 1298

In General Blue Cliff Record Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #242 New 11-13-2016 04:29 PM
Blue Cliff Record

Reading The Blue Cliff Record
Sometimes I get a glimmer
Just a faint glimmer
Of understanding
Then it disappears
But, then, I've been reading
It for years, years
And still not finished
Perhaps there is still time

Views: 1462

In General Living Collaboratively Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #241 New 11-06-2016 01:07 AM
I was recently at a weekend seminar at Kyoseikan Dojo, in Grand Rapids, MI. The training and practice were just great, plus we had shodan, sandan, and yondan testing, which was fascinating to watch. Thankfully, everyone passed. We also had promotions presented and Lizzy Lynn, Shihan, flew in from California to share her deep wisdom. A very good weekend. I was also asked to write a poem commemorating this event. This is my attempt to give a great seminar its due. Hopefully, I got some of it right:

Living Collaboratively

I want to touch
The rings of Saturn
I want to float
Through interstellar stardust
Another more practical option
Was a recent weekend
Celebrating ten years
Of living collaboratively
With teachers, students,
And community - Aikidoka
Training with heart and intent
Successfully testing to limits
Nages and ukes leaving
Little on the mat
A large cricket attacking guests
With doleful looks and demands
For lots of belly-rubs
An anniversary, birthday, testing
Promotions, grand weather
All great reasons to share
A mutual gathering of like minds
Two wooden posts - a hard reminder
That ten-directional eyes
Is more than just a weird saying!
A visiting west coast master
Such were all the ingredients
For another great seminar
At Kyoseikan Dojo
Where tradition meets community

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