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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: 356
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In General Be the Technique Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #26 New 10-07-2012 04:48 PM
Be the Technique

Be the technique
So I was told
Many times
Over the years

Be the technique?
How the hell, I wondered
Am I supposed
To accomplish that?

Don't perform
The technique
Be the technique!
Oh, yeah, that helps…

Does that mean
When I drink my beer
I should be the beer?
Just wondering…

Views: 1555 | Comments: 2

In General Hobo Kore Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #25 New 09-30-2012 02:31 PM
Hobo Kore Dojo

Your life is your dojo
Aikido beyond the mat
Where imbalance is rampant
Struggle and frustration
A way of life
Love and harmony
A constant effort
To strive for and achieve

But, if you can see it
Aikido is everywhere
Opportunities to blend
And flow and connect
A whole life
Of walls and barriers
To overcome or fall short

Falling down is not defeat
Take ukemi
And get back up
Falling down is natural
Not getting back up
Is defeat

Views: 1620 | Comments: 4

In General Grunt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 09-23-2012 03:41 PM

Grunting, groaning,
Sweating, complaining
Too much inner chatter!

Ah, it's too hot, too cold
My knees hurt
My feet are cramping
What, suwari waza, again!
Fuck, that nikkyo really hurt!
Damn, that break-fall nearly killed me!
Where's my breath?
What happened to flowing and effortless?
My ass…
What am I doing here?
Why won't he fall?
Why am I so tired?
How's my hair?
When will it end?

Second wind…
At some point it happens
Always forget when
Body humming, movement easier
Joyous discomfort
Gi and body, a sweaty union
Mindless delight
I sit in seiza
Complete in no-thought

Views: 1730 | Comments: 2

In General Dojo Bell Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #23 New 09-16-2012 05:30 PM
Dojo Bell

The dojo bell
Off center

The third strike

Leaving the bell wildly
Looking for its
Two companions

Views: 1013

In General Elegantly Difficult Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #22 New 09-09-2012 12:13 PM
Elegantly Difficult

Form follows function, they say
This applies in architecture
And many other disciplines
Including aikido, I think
In aikido, especially
The difficulty lies in
Creating a simplicity
Balanced by elegance
That permits nage and uke
To flow into form and function
As need and situation arises
Blending the elegantly difficult
Into a creative discipline
Of form, function, and art

Views: 1023

In General Monkey Brain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #21 New 09-02-2012 04:40 PM
Monkey Brain

I search for the moon
In the water
Unable to distinguish

My monkey brain
Chattering away
Confused by ten thousand things

Still, I reach out
Till I fall in
Only then do I wake up

Views: 1419 | Comments: 3

In General City Streets Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #20 New 08-26-2012 04:50 PM
City Streets

Some people wander
The rivers and mountains
Among mist, vine, rock and cave
Boundless and free

Companion with white clouds
Friends with Cold Mountain
Or perhaps Thatch-Hut Mountain

I wander city streets
Entering cool subway tunnels
Paths to the underworld

I marvel at tall towers and
Look down from their heights
Watching the cityscape beneath

Unfold out of dawn and night
Concrete and stone my pillows
The city an incandescent jewel

Its arteries, streets and tunnels
Living and breathing
With their own nature

Taking joy in the bustling multitudes
Becoming one with the flow
All ten thousand things apparent

I listen to the wind
I listen to the rain
With all their city flavors

Channeling through city streets
Seasons come and go
And the city endures

Always in a chrysalis state
Fall mists cling to buildings and trees
Winter winds scour the streets

Creating emptiness and space
Spring haze rises with the sun
Summer nights hang heavy

With heat and city scents
The city knows the Tao
The Tao knows the city

But they do not talk
The Way flows through all beneath heaven
Including valleys and hills
Made of concrete, stone, and steel

Views: 1188 | Comments: 1

In General We Would Like You to Retest Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #19 New 08-19-2012 03:44 PM
We Would Like You to Retest

I stand there
Facing the kamiza
And the seated judges
Respectful and silent
Sweat cooling
Everyone else
Sitting in rows
Sitting in seiza
A sea of white gis
With an occasional
Dark hakama
The dojo finally quiet
After intense moments
Of effort and action
Nage and uke -- many ukes
Flowing in harmony (?)
With sweat and breath

We would like you
to retest
, they say
Dreaded words
What they don't say:
AKA: You failed!
You did not pass
The test!
I absorb this news
(Shit, damn,
this sucks!)
And the critique
That follows
Breathing, calming
My mind and body
And emotions
I bow in acknowledgement
Returning to seiza

Views: 1463 | Comments: 2

In General Distant Butterfly Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #18 New 08-12-2012 03:57 PM
Distant Butterfly

The more organized
Your mind
The easier it is
To steal it

The Tao is chaos
Without disorder
Follow the Tao
And order becomes apparent

A butterfly
Disturbs the breeze
And a storm
Arises elsewhere

I sit in seiza
Mind empty and clear
Sensing the faint brush
Of a distant butterfly

Views: 1510 | Comments: 3

In General I Hear Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #17 New 08-05-2012 04:04 PM
I Hear

I hear

The faint
Sound of
The wind

The faint
Flow of
The river

As my
Faces me

Views: 1259 | Comments: 1

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