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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
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Meditations...

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..., 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: 129
Comments: 62
Views: 99,911

Entries for the Month of January 2014

In General Cutting Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #96 New 01-26-2014 06:34 PM
Cutting


Closing with
My opponent
I raise my ken

And with a clear,
Loud kiai! I cleave
The air, but not
To cut my opponent!

But, rather, to cut
The misunderstanding
Between us




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Views: 411


In General Crushed Opposition Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #95 New 01-19-2014 04:12 PM
Crushed Opposition


In the martial arts
You are usually taught
To use the least amount
Of force necessary
To perform a technique
It's just more efficient
And, still gets the job done

Personally, I'll use as much
Force as I can muster
Too much is better
Than too little, especially
When my life is on the line
Better a crushed opposition
Than a dead PC me



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Views: 462


In General A Future Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #94 New 01-13-2014 04:42 PM
A Future


Here, take this vest,
put it on and go
to that guard post
When it is detonated
you will live
but the enemy will die

But, father, I don't want to
I know better
I'll be killed!
I'm only 9 years old!

A slap! Hard! Knocked to the dirt:

Do as you are told!
You are only a female
with no future
and no other purpose in life

Looking up from the ground,
bruised and bloody:

But, father, I want to live!
I want to be educated!
I want to grow up!
I work all day and night
cleaning our house, cooking,
laboring in the fields,
and caring for the animals
You beat me and give me no thanks!
And now this...
Why can't I have a life?
A future?



www.nothing-works.com


Sorry, perhaps too much NPR...
Views: 375


In General Go Board Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #93 New 01-12-2014 01:52 PM
Go Board


I look across the
Field of play
At my opponent
Our eyes meeting

The intangible link
That now connects us
Is as strong and real
As steel cable

And forged in the
Same fires
Unbreakable
No turning back

Vision narrowed
Yet, paradoxically
Taking in the universe
The six elements

The five senses
And the mind
Focusing on the moment
I let the universe settle

Around us
Breathing deeply
Thoughts clear
Ki stored and ready

The outcome
Is already there
But still in flux
As I mentally

Watch the Go board
Move itself
The moves too
Ethereal for chess

Following the
Lines of confluence
To their ultimate
Conclusion



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Views: 389


In General Meditation & Murder Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #92 New 01-05-2014 04:03 PM
Meditation & Murder


Meditation and murder
Do they go hand-in-hand?
A mind furnished in shadows
Dark shadows, I close my eyes
Settling down physically
And emotionally, breathing
Breathing deeply, slowly
Gathering my wayward
Angry feelings and thoughts
I watch them, twisting and roiling
Seeking to maintain my attention
Watching them fall away, slowly
Over the edge, still screaming
Other thoughts, feelings come
To replace them, more shadows
Seeking my attention
I sense my steady breathing, distantly
Like a long-distance runner
Settling in for the long haul
Thoughts and feelings come and go
Without clinging
Murder and mayhem
Now seem so long ago
And far away



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Views: 409


In General Aikido Holiday Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #91 New 12-31-2013 03:21 PM
Aikido Holiday


I sit
In a coffee shop
Watching snow fall
And street traffic
Crawl on by
Lampposts garlanded
With Christmas wreaths
And Christmas lights
The holiday season
Full of cheer and joy -
For some
For others...
Perhaps something else?
But, what I think about
Is that the dojo is closed
For Christmas and New Year
And that my body
And spirit misses
The struggle and fellowship
Of Aikido practice!



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Views: 329




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