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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..., 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 for the Month of June 2013

In General Dreaming Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 06-23-2013 04:11 PM

Do trees dream?
If so, of what?

The tall, ancient conifer
Does it dream of
The cold north
Of chill winds
Blowing through its needles
Of the sun, pale in
Occluded skies?

The giant oak
Does it dream of
Sensuous seasons
Coming and going
It growing strong in
The endless cycles
Of birth, death, and rebirth?

The ginkgo tree
Does it dream
Of forever
Ancient and strong
Its leaves shimmering
On breezes from
The future?

When I dream of trees
Do we dream in harmony?

Views: 518

In General Road Trip Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 06-16-2013 01:51 PM
Road Trip

Nothing ahead but darkness
With my headlights -- already
On high-beam -- probing, probing
My car bulleting into the dark
Fully confident of the road
Continuing on ahead -
At least as far as the headlights
Can reach, anyway...
Moving, yet steady guide markers
Pointing the way, a tunnel through the void

The car's ride smooth
Leather seats, cushions, and springs
Soaking up any small bumps
The wind whistling past the windshield
Invisible movement
The low hum and slight vibration
Of the big engine reassuring
An occasional bug splattering on the glass
The surrounding landscape invisible
But felt and sensed, nonetheless

The miles sliding by
The minutes, then hours, left behind
Road signs and the occasional billboard
Picked up by the headlights
Then quickly left behind, flashing past
After a while, it seems like the road
Is all there is and all that ever was
My destination seems unimportant
The journey all there is, never ending
As I plummet into darkness

Views: 450

In General Staff/Shout! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 06-09-2013 03:14 PM

Your dark side follows
Wherever you go
A constant companion
Even as you read
The Scriptures

Not everyone today has
The staff of Te Shan*
Or the shout of Lin Chi*
To guide them
And liberate them


*Blue Cliff Record, Intro xxiii
Views: 460

In General Pain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 06-02-2013 03:58 PM

Nothing like having
The pain beaten out of you
(Or into you, at first!)
Applied Aikido technique
After technique
After technique
After practice
After year
Then, if you can still
Feel the pain
More severe training
Is required!
So some say

As uke, experiencing pain
Your power disappears
Your awareness enters the pain
And your focus is redirected
Till you are lost
Still, you seek out such
Blessful opportunities
Again and again
To add to the pain
Only then with complete
Absorption, relaxation
And redirection can you
Learn from and eventually
Overcome the pain
And gain from its lessons

Views: 369

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