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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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In General Loving Brutality Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #10 New 06-17-2012 04:22 PM
Loving Brutality

I practice aikido
The years go by
I practice aikido

Loving brutality of keiko
Years of commitment
Gi, worn and threadbare
Hakama, patched and faded
All that remains

I practice aikido
The years go by
I practice aikido

Views: 1582

In General Farting Away Ki! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #9 New 06-10-2012 05:51 PM
Farting Away Ki!

Picture this: A large auditorium
A sea of white gis
And dark hakama, thrown in
Summer Camp in San Diego
Many years ago

Probably over two hundred
Aikidoka In the room
Sitting seiza, sweat cooling
Listening to Chiba Sensei speak

We all listen attentively, of course
Leaning forward, trying to catch
And comprehend his words and meaning
His English sometimes hard to understand

Suddenly, in the now quiet hall
Someone lets out a loud fart!
Poor bastard, two hundred plus aikidoka
And Chiba Sensei and he (or she) loses it!

Chiba Sensei stops speaking and asks loudly:
Who can't control their anus?
This we somehow all understand
He grins and we all laugh - 'course
No one raises their hand!

Chiba Sensei's thought is that farting
Is one way for the body to lose ki
Still, if that last burrito with beans
Is still hanging around
What to do?

Views: 2215 | Comments: 3

In General Scotch & Sake Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 06-02-2012 01:24 PM
Scotch & Sake

Scotch and sake
A blending of
Different cultures
And traditions

Kilt and hakama
Claymore and katana
Dirk and tanto
Quarterstaff and jyo

Haggis and sushi
Well, maybe, not quite
My apologies
To sushi

I sit in seiza
Remembering my
Glasgow upbringing
Here now in America

Studying a Japanese art
Many streams lead
To the same great ocean
Aikido has room for all

Views: 2224 | Comments: 9

In General Misogi Under a Joshua Tree Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #7 New 05-24-2012 02:48 PM
Misogi Under a Joshua Tree

A small golden boy
Crouching under the shade
Of a large Joshua tree
His Razor scooter
Abandoned casually beside him
On the sand

A hot, harsh sun hammering
Down on the aikidoka
Practicing before the boy
On a large concrete court
A small, low fountain
Opposite the Joshua tree

Rolling desert all around
As the aikidoka practice
The 36 jyo basics
Kesa, tsuki, shomen-uchi
With some Sancho one
Thrown in to further confuse

Gis and hakamas moving
And flowing in the hot air
Shihan and shidoin
Watching and correcting
Bravely hiding their sorrow
As they watch us perform

Hats, sunglasses, sun screen
Not the usual attire
The sun and heat beating down
Sweat evaporating quickly
In the dry desert air
I wonder what the boy sees

As we strive for perfection
Achieving instead hot skin
Dry throats, stiff muscles, and
Occasionally, slammed hands and fingers
As we steadily narrow
That performance window

Closing in on the kill-strike
Risking injury and bruised egos
Perhaps this is true misogi
Moving and doing with intent
And focused minds
Honing the six elements

The five senses and the mind
Asking the desert kami
To wash away our sins
As we try to bring our
Bodies, spirits and centers
Into unification

Views: 1720

In General God or Copernicus? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #6 New 05-17-2012 11:38 PM
God or Copernicus?

First, the Earth
Created by God
Was the center
Then, the sun
Revealed by Copernicus
Became the center
God or Copernicus
Take your picků

Actually, you are
The center
The center from which
All things derive
The universe spins
On a hidden axis
That is centered on you

Dwell in the harmony
Of yin and yang
Calm your mind
And plant your staff
And from it
Let your vision spring

Views: 1369

In General Poetry Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #5 New 05-12-2012 08:13 PM

The inspirational essence
They say, that drives good poetry
Can never be defined
Only alluded to
It is strangely beyond
The very words that are used
It is hard to find
Only clumsy metaphors are left
Yet, it will come to you by itself
It will come through
A lack of desire
And through a lack of effort
Are we only talking
About poetry now?

Views: 1300

In General Shaza Kissa Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #4 New 05-05-2012 01:05 PM
Shaza Kissa

"Welcome, sit down
And have some tea."

A fire is made
Water is boiled

And tea is served
Nothing complicated

Views: 1620

In General Painless Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #3 New 04-28-2012 01:54 PM
Painless Aikido

Is there such a thing
As painless aikido?

Sensing the delicate changes
In force, power, and flow

Becoming one
With your partner

Nage moving, uke moving
Actually, nage-uke moving

Together as one
No need for struggle

Or pain
Tachi waza, suwari waza

Henka waza, kaeshi waza
The ebb and flow

Of energy
Creating the patterns

You enter into
Harmoniously and painlessly

* * *
But, someone always mentions

Views: 1804 | Comments: 1

In Spiritual Moon on the Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #2 New 04-21-2012 01:50 PM
Moon on the Water

I try to capture
The moon on the water
With ropes, nets, fishing line

But, it slips on through
Till I sit and reflect
On its reflection

Views: 2137

In Miscellaneous Wabi-Sabi of Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #1 New 04-12-2012 04:34 PM
Wabi-Sabi of Aikido

The Wabi-Sabi of Aikido
Trimming away and eliminating
The non-essentials
Creating your aikido-self
Each technique and movement
Each moment
Transient, fleeting
As nage and uke
Create an imperfect
Impermanent and incomplete

Views: 1483

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