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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: 222
Comments: 66
Views: 179,005

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In General The Far Side Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #122 New 08-03-2014 02:53 PM
The Far Side

On the other side
The far side
Of fear, discomfort, and pain
Is a whole new
And different world
That most people don't
Even know exists
But, it is there, habitable
And worthwhile

Sometimes there is
A satisfaction, if not pleasure
In this fear, discomfort, and pain
And, as you look back
At your old self
And at other people
They seem to move
In soft, slow motion
And without authentic life

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In General Pub Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #121 New 07-27-2014 01:47 PM
Pub Night

Pub night
At Summer Camp
Winding down
After a hard day of
Training, practice, practice,
Sweat-soaked practice
Suwari waza, tachi waza,
Weapons waza…
D-J, music, dancing
Beer and snacks
Under the awnings
Tall pines, shadows
In the dark
Red-headed she-devil
In a gold lamé hakama
Conversations way into
The night…
Early morning
Back on the mat!

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In General Hajime! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #120 New 07-14-2014 01:51 PM

So many years now
The years, decades
Roll on by
Seems like forever
And like only yesterday
Hajime! -- I begin
I began -- I become
I am becoming
Each day the anxious focus
The focus on all the details
All the small, important details
Trying to get them right
The movements, the forms
The techniques, the kata
All the practices, all the sweat
All the pain, frustration, joy
Everything beginning afresh each day
Hajime! -- I begin, I began, I become
I am becoming.....
But, enzan -- the far mountain
Appears no closer

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In General The Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #119 New 07-06-2014 01:35 PM
The Dojo

The dojo...
A training hall
A place of the Way -
For outsiders a place
Of mystery and promise
The mystery and promise
Of hidden and esoteric
Mystical Eastern knowledge
Of cryptic commands
Uttered in strange tongues
Of information shared only
With those considered worthy

But, stay awhile
The mystery slowly disappears
And what remains is hard work
Sweat, burning lungs and muscles
Fear, surprise, frustration, and, pain
Oh, yes, lots and lots of pain
Sometimes the mat is so cold
Your feet cramp and your gi
Chills your body -- at first
Sometimes, your gi is sweat-loaded
Even as you first put it on
But, the promise remains
That promise of connection
And mastery -- mastery of an art
And of yourself...

So, you stay, and stay
And, sometimes, looking back
You see yourself, looking back
Nodding, bowing, in acceptance
And in gratitude
That the Way continues
Continues on in a place -
A dojo, built for that very purpose
A place of exploration, and definitely
A place of mystery and promise
But the mystery, as is the promise
Is in you...

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In General Nothing is Possible Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #118 New 06-29-2014 08:38 PM
Nothing is Possible

In the darkness
I close my eyes
And see everything

Here I sit
Embracing the darkness
Fear is a distant sensation
The void is all around
Finally I see, finally...
Nothing does work
Nothing does matter
Nothing is possible
And it is here, right here
All this time...
Nothing is all around me
And in me - Nothing

Views: 573

In General Going First Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #117 New 06-22-2014 05:07 PM
Going First

Going first
I move into uke's space
An atemi to the face
Occupies his attention
An ura move and I am
Into his blind spot
From there I have
My choice of techniques
No go-no-sen for me
I always go first

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In General Reishiki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #116 New 06-15-2014 03:03 PM

Reishiki -- etiquette
As ephemeral as reishi -
Spirit particles
But, just as necessary
To the art as kata or randori

Respect, courtesy, honor
The very spirit behind
What we practice
Without these attributes
We are just thugs

Practicing ways to
Kill and maim each other
Reishiki gives us pause
A bow, a nod, an acknowledgement
That we enter into a mutually

Agreed upon quest, a path
With a certain risk and reward
But, also with a certain trust
A trust that is recognized
In that brief bow, that brief nod

That however hard we practice
We do so under the banner
Of etiquette -- actualizing
The very spirit of the art
Not just the form

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In General Doppelgangers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #115 New 06-08-2014 02:33 PM

You open one door
You close some other one
Hell, you close a
Thousand other ones
Your choice, or
Just let Fate decide

Across the multi-verse
All choices are made
So, perhaps it doesn't matter
Any, and all, choices are valid
Still, you have to live
In this universe
With this particular choice

So, I step forward
Grabbing the door handle
Hesitating, hesitating
Knowing I cannot go back
So, wishing all my doppelgangers luck
I step on through

Views: 438

In General Limitations Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #114 New 06-01-2014 08:11 PM

Rather than just overcoming
Your limitations, instead
Penetrate them, such that
You explore them in detail
In conscious detail

Don't be afraid of suffering
Of pain and failure and confusion
Let your anger and uncertainty
And all your experiences
Guide you deeper and deeper

Into the art such that
The exploration allows you
To come out the other side
Operating beyond mere technique
And transcended in self

Views: 541

In General Thank You for Your Service Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #113 New 05-25-2014 01:45 PM
Thank You for Your Service

Thank you for your service
I usually get some of this
Every Memorial Day
And Veterans Day
It makes me feel uncomfortable
My service was so long ago
And nothing to match
The most current crop of veterans
And it makes me annoyed
That veterans only get
Recognized on two days a year
Two days a year! -
If even then

Some people may be sincere
At other times it feels
Like lip-service from those
Who feel they must say something
Two days a year
I didn't serve for empty, PC thanks
Though it is good that
Service is recognized, somehow

But, throughout America
Veterans are embedded within
Their families and communities
Struggling with life
And memories and a society
That doesn't have time
Or understand or care
Trying to make it work
Trying to fit back in
Though sometimes the
Hardest thing a veteran
Can do is try to sleep
Through the night!

So, a Thank you for your service
Can sometimes seem empty
Two days a year


Some of you may have noticed that the past few postings have been about war and battle and such, leading up to today's posting of Thank You for Your Service. I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.
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