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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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Status: Public
Entries: 173
Comments: 66
Views: 134,789

Entries for the Month of July 2013

In General Nothing Special Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #68 New 07-28-2013 04:05 PM
Nothing Special

The trees stand in the wind
The wind blows through the trees
Nothing special
Yet, poets write poems to the event
Extolling the moment

But neither the trees nor the wind care
Perhaps it is the eyes of Schrodinger's cat
That brings meaning to the moment
Where none exist
Still, the poems are lovely…

Views: 535

In General Dragon or Snake? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 07-21-2013 03:19 PM
Dragon or Snake?

You can fill in the eyes
Of the painted dragon
Or, you can add legs
To the painted snake
One may be necessary
One is not

What, in aikido
Needs to be filled in?
What needs to be eliminated?
Or, is it already complete?
Dragon or snake?
Real choices, or...?

Views: 476

In General Kyosaku Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 07-14-2013 02:23 PM

I try to wake up
But I am locked
In the dream
I have no whisk-bearer
To offer wisdom, and
To guide my path
So, many times, humbly,
In gassho
I offer my back
To the kyosaku
Of the world
But I am still not
Nonetheless, I continue
My monkey-mind
Doing its best
My limitations
All too apparent

Views: 611

In General Move! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 07-07-2013 02:20 PM

Pushing up off the mat
Sweat dripping off my chin and nose
Hair plastered to my skull
Swearing silently to myself:
Get up! Get up!

The temperature must be
In the lower 90's, at least
The humidity, just god-awful
Air-conditioning, a lovely myth
I heard about in some far off good-land

My gi and hakama
No longer separate
But a part of my sweat-soaked body
Nage waiting patiently
Not in any hurry, himself

Breathe, breathe, my mantra
Shit, quit talking and just get up!
Movement can give the illusion of progress
So, at least, let me feed that illusion
And, just move!

Views: 464

In General The Meaning of Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 06-30-2013 04:10 PM
The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life
Is that it ends,
It is said
So, what to do
Prior to this ending?
Try to prolong it?
Go for quality, only?

Building, enjoying,
Family and friends
And ongoing moments
With focused attention to detail
Of an ever-present Now
A Now that promises eternity
In each drop of time

A journey of samadhi-time
Universal moment
After universal moment
Embracing the sand and pebbles
Of everyday life
All there is
And all there ever will be

Still, prolonging the end
Seems reasonable, too
So, I wear my seat-belt
Take my vitamins
Diligently practice my aikido
And renew my Cryonic
Association's fees

Views: 504

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