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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 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: 310
Comments: 66
Views: 300,374

Entries for the Month of April 2014

In General Don't Talk.... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #109 New 04-27-2014 03:59 PM
Don't Talk....

Don't talk
Don't laugh
Don't cry
The things you are
Not supposed to do
In Aikido practice -
But so difficult sometimes

My kohai asks a question
My kohai does something
Dangerous -- repeatedly!
Sometimes a word or two
Can prevent injury
Or save so much time!
No, move there....
Yes, extend here....
No, don't do that -- ever!

Or, when entering stage four --
Liveliness -- of Chiba Sensei's
Five Pillars of natural progression
In the art, the pure pleasure
And joy experienced
Can be so strong sometimes
Spontaneous laughter can burst forth
All on its own accord!
(At least for me)

That leaves the last one:
Don't cry...
Well, I gotta admit
This one is seems so easy
I've never seen anyone cry
On the mat...
Though I did hear Chiba Sensei
Once ask someone he was pinning
If he was crying....and he didn't
Seem too pleased by the possibility
No cry. No cry, he said, walking away

Still, all-in-all, all three admonitions
Seem like good advice
However, on the mat, it is sometimes
So hard not to talk or laugh

Crying though, well, I definitely
Try not to do that!

Views: 826

In General Behind the Curtain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #108 New 04-20-2014 03:50 PM
Behind the Curtain

Stepping behind the curtain
I look back, and...
The curtain is gone
Yet, here I still stand
My illusionary self
Wondering if I am
Just a ghost in the machine
Or, is the machine itself
Just another ghost?
Either way, from where
I stand, I stand on something
Though I may just be
Part of an emergent reality -
Emerging from the amplituhedron?

From my reality
I am very solid and real
Though an atom is mostly
Empty space, it does not follow
That solidarity is an illusion -
Kick the damn chair!
It depends on where you stand -
(On a hypersphere..?)
Ah, back to standing...
So, here I am, an atom
Out to prove that
I am an illusion --
Hold on
Let me ask Buddha

Views: 665

In General Who Owns the Future? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #107 New 04-13-2014 03:54 PM
Who Owns the Future?

When critical thinking is lacking
And the public embrace of implausible beliefs
Creates a context of credulity
When the psychopathology
Of the fundamentalist remains unchallenged
When injustice becomes law
When simple truth is considered treason -
Or, heroism....or, even heretical
When people of good will
Keep quiet and stand aside
Then society is in trouble
Then, what is left?
What can be done?
Who will do it?

We can look at the past
We can look at the present
We can look at Authority
In all its guises
We can look deep within ourselves
Can we then see the future?
What do we see?
What do we want to see?
Each of us must do their part
Each of us, every day, must stand up
Stand up and say no!
No, not here! No, not now! No, not ever!
This is when defiance becomes duty!
And civil disobedience becomes a responsibility
If not an obligation!
This is when we determine
Who owns the future?

Views: 633

In General Is This Enough? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #106 New 04-06-2014 04:47 PM
Is This Enough?

As Don Juan said:
All paths are the same -
they lead nowhere

If this is true, then
Why travel any Path at all?
Why take on all the
Pain and suffering
Each path may ask of you?

Perhaps it's the landscape
Along the way: beautiful
And breathless, enthralling
Though, at times bitter hard
Is this enough?
Is this enough to get
Past all the hardship
All the despair?

This, I keep asking myself
As I sometimes fly
Sometimes crawl along
A hard-scrabble ground
And see my loved ones perish
Sometimes hearing my heart break
As I move along my chosen path
And I ask: Is this enough?

Views: 710

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