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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: 134,830

Entries for the Month of September 2012

In General Grunt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 09-23-2012 02:41 PM

Grunting, groaning,
Sweating, complaining
Too much inner chatter!

Ah, it's too hot, too cold
My knees hurt
My feet are cramping
What, suwari waza, again!
Fuck, that nikkyo really hurt!
Damn, that break-fall nearly killed me!
Where's my breath?
What happened to flowing and effortless?
My ass…
What am I doing here?
Why won't he fall?
Why am I so tired?
How's my hair?
When will it end?

Second wind…
At some point it happens
Always forget when
Body humming, movement easier
Joyous discomfort
Gi and body, a sweaty union
Mindless delight
I sit in seiza
Complete in no-thought

Views: 1029 | Comments: 2

In General Dojo Bell Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #23 New 09-16-2012 04:30 PM
Dojo Bell

The dojo bell
Off center

The third strike

Leaving the bell wildly
Looking for its
Two companions

Views: 619

In General Elegantly Difficult Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #22 New 09-09-2012 11:13 AM
Elegantly Difficult

Form follows function, they say
This applies in architecture
And many other disciplines
Including aikido, I think
In aikido, especially
The difficulty lies in
Creating a simplicity
Balanced by elegance
That permits nage and uke
To flow into form and function
As need and situation arises
Blending the elegantly difficult
Into a creative discipline
Of form, function, and art

Views: 571

In General Monkey Brain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #21 New 09-02-2012 03:40 PM
Monkey Brain

I search for the moon
In the water
Unable to distinguish

My monkey brain
Chattering away
Confused by ten thousand things

Still, I reach out
Till I fall in
Only then do I wake up

Views: 836 | Comments: 3

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