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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: 130
Comments: 62
Views: 100,875

Entries for the Month of May 2012

In General Misogi Under a Joshua Tree Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #7 New 05-24-2012 01:48 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






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Views: 934


In General God or Copernicus? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #6 New 05-17-2012 10:38 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





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Views: 698


In General Poetry Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #5 New 05-12-2012 07:13 PM
Poetry

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?






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Views: 737


In General Shaza Kissa Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #4 New 05-05-2012 12:05 PM
Shaza Kissa


"Welcome, sit down
And have some tea."

A fire is made
Water is boiled

And tea is served
Nothing complicated


Views: 815




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