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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, and Nothing Matters..., 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: 315
Comments: 66
Views: 304,408

In General You Can't See It Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #215 New 05-08-2016 05:14 PM
You Can't See It

You can't see it
But inside, my body burns
Low embers fanned to life

Inside I glow
I move in harmony
With my own body

I see and feel connected
To others, to the world
Hard practice does this
Focus, effort, sweat, clarity

My eyes radiate joy
You can't see it
But inside, my body burns

Views: 694

In General Within Reach Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #214 New 05-01-2016 04:42 PM
Within Reach

You can stare into the abyss
And deny its existence
Or, you can look and feel
The normal fear it brings forth
But, still ready to take that leap
That leap from which there is no return
Where you exit from the other side

Either a broken person, mind shattered
Or, you emerge greater than before
Mind sound and soul enraptured
Looking back at the abyss
As though at a small puddle you needed to cross
To reach this far shore where light and joy inhabit
And God is finally within reach

Views: 2272

In General The Sound of Silence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #213 New 04-24-2016 05:20 PM
The Sound of Silence

For some
The sound of silence
Is an oxymoron
A nonsensical phrase
That connotes a negative
Why won't you say something?
We never talk anymore!
It's so quiet in here -
Implying more noise
Is a more preferable state
Granted verbal communication
Can be a good thing
But, silence, silence
Is also a natural language
Be quiet now - listen
Find a quiet spot - listen
Settle yourself - listen
A profound silence can follow
Listen - silence has a vastness
And, if you listen very closely
Sometime, sometimes
You can hear faint whispers
From far away - far away
God hears your silence
And approaches

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In General No Masters Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #212 New 04-17-2016 01:07 PM
No Masters

We all follow the forms
All very proper and correct
Do this. Do that. Now this.
No, this way, that's it!
But, what is truly important
Does not appear in form
Or, even in technique

Train hard, train long
And, with proper instruction
And insight, you just might get it
But, today, some say,
No one does, so
How can these times
Produce Masters?

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In General Hatband Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #211 New 04-10-2016 01:09 PM

My hatband says:
I travel with the Buddha
But, do I, really?


In response to some questions as to the meaning of "Hatband" here: In ancient Japan, it was customary for travelers to wear inscribed hatbands saying they traveled with the Buddha to reduce the hazards of travel.
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In General Now Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #210 New 04-03-2016 07:16 PM

I'm supposed to focus
On the moment
Be in the moment
On the NOW -
The ever-present NOW
To see, hear, feel, taste
Just smell this NOW
To just be
But, I don't want to!
My NOW just sucks
Pain, suffering - no end!
This NOW I just want
To avoid - please!
I have no future
So, I'd prefer to focus
Focus on the past
On the good times
On how we met
How we loved
All the feelings of those NOWS!
Anything to take me from
THIS fucking NOW!
I close my eyes
And go back, way back
Before the pain
Before the screaming
That NOW I can deal with
You take my hand
Brushing away my tears
And walk with me
Holding me, holding me
Tightly to THAT now!

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In General Limitations Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #209 New 03-27-2016 04:06 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: 1237

In General Try Again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #208 New 03-20-2016 07:29 PM
Try Again

There, it was said:
Try again
The people sitting
In seiza all around me
Avoiding eye contact
I stood and heard
Try again
But, could not listen
Beyond that
My own inner voice
Was saying too many
Way too many other things
But, Try again
I heard loud and clear

Views: 1210

In General Finishing Fullness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #207 New 03-13-2016 04:28 PM
Finishing Fullness

Just finishing fullness
The moon, rising in its arc
Reddish to yellow gold
I close my eyes
Following my own inward arc
As my own rising moon
Illuminates my innerscape
With shadowless light

Views: 1043

In General Kokyu-Latte Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #206 New 03-06-2016 06:11 PM

Kokyu-ryoku...breath power
Flowing from the hara
The breath tying everything together
Each day, every day,
Each practice, all adding up
Many years of hard training
In correct technique
Purifying the body,
The mind, and the spirit
All this thought to be
The secret of true power

But, no, not so! Not so!
The secret of true power
Lies in a liquid essence
Take off that plastic cover
Inhale this very essence
Breath it into yourself
Then sip, sip again
Let it flow into your hara
And feel the power -
The real power
The power of kokyu-latte!

Views: 1506

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