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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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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In General Control? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #90 New 12-29-2013 04:21 PM

In an aikido attack
Who controls the technique?
Nage or uke?
Aikido is described as
An invincible budo
Invincible as in: too strong
or skillful to be defeated?
Or, invincible as in
Without enemies?
Each definition requires
Different outcomes
Requires a different mindset
As nage and uke enter
Into an aikido attack
Or is it more an uchidachi
And shidachi relationship?

Who controls the technique?
The joining, the interplay
Of bodies and energies
Perhaps masakatsu agatsu:
True victory is victory over self
But what does this mean
Operationally, functionally?
Again, who controls the technique?
Perhaps as harmony and balance
Are created and maintained
And a unified center is manifested
Both can claim control
A control that results in
Neither winning nor losing
But in a resolution where violence
Becomes dissipated and neutralized
And both can learn and leave
The battlefield unharmed

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In General Haunting Sound Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #89 New 12-22-2013 05:12 PM
Haunting Sound

The dojo bell's thrice ring
Echoing out the open door
And into the surrounding air
Foreshadowing my leave-taking
With its last gently rolling softness
Reinforcing the impermanence
Of things, people, and worldly affairs

Aikidoka practice in the humid air
Sweat and effort reflected in their techniques
I yearn to join them in kinship and struggle
But my time has passed
I turn down a different path
Moving away, slowly, savoring
The last echoes of that drifting, haunting sound

Views: 377

In General Tao of Jim Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #88 New 12-15-2013 03:15 PM
Tao of Jim

The movement, the balance
The effortless subtlety,
The power as she threw me!

Taking ukemi, I roll up, smiling
Ah, good practice, good training, joy!
Swiftly, I move in to attack again...

Views: 436

In General Katsujinken or Setsuninto? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #87 New 12-08-2013 06:00 PM
Katsujinken or Setsuninto?

Your attacker is closing
Kime -- decision time:
Katsujinken - the sword that gives life?
Or, setsuninto - the sword that takes life?
Ruthless forgiveness and dynamic compassion?
Or, a cold detachment, killing without remorse?
Once positioned, decide!

Still, even if you have the skill
Is the choice really that simple?
Or, perhaps it is a case of:
One life to save a thousand
Taking this one life
Will save many others - now
Or even into the future...
Of course, you could be wrong -- decide!

Operating in a state of fluid perfection, I...
Whoa...what? Seriously, really, you are?!
Well....now, maybe not so much....???
So, katsujinken or setsuninto?
Not so black and white
Not so simple, after all
Which sword is which? -- Decide!

Views: 717

In General Mountains Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #86 New 12-01-2013 05:26 PM

There is a story told
Of a place, a time
On a mountain
Harshly, bleakly beautiful
Where clouds are born
And winds blow wildly
Over the mountain ridges
Caressing and punishing
In turn...

A time when courage
Is no longer enough
Where exhaustion
Suffering and frustration
Are only small
Road marks on the way
To somewhere else

Till finally the wayfarer
Sits, gratefully
Breathing, breathing deeply
On the mountain top
Looking beyond in
Despair and wonder
At all the other mountains

Views: 509

In General The Shape of Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #85 New 11-24-2013 05:03 PM
The Shape of Water

What is the shape of water?

I ask myself, my mantra
Not really expecting an answer
More to remind myself
To expect anything
And everything
To enter into the flow
Without disturbing it

To penetrate the spaces
Between uke's movements
Such that his movements
Become my movements
My form shapeless, like water
Taking on the shape of
Its container - his attack

Views: 540

In General OODA Loop Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #84 New 11-17-2013 05:32 PM

Observation to action
Who can do this fastest?
Leading to victory/non-victory
The so-called OODA loop:
Observation, orientation,
Decision, then action...

Seems so elegantly simple
But, try applying it
To Aikido practice -- so slow -
At first.....But, after more and
More practice, the process
Becomes more and more intuitive
Till an Aikido OODA loop
Is achieved:
Spontaneous, dynamic,
Chaotic, and non-linear
The cycle time
Capable of handling one uke
Or, multiple randori opponents
Your opponents' mind-time-space
Disrupted, internal harmony lost,
Mental and physical paralysis
And collapse created till you
Take tactical control and
Impose your own non-structure
A process without a process
A form without a form
A takemusu OODA loop

Views: 718

In General Veterans Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #83 New 11-10-2013 06:08 PM
Veterans Day

I get a cup of coffee
Are you a veteran? I'm asked
Why? I ask back
If you are, you get .10c off
your purchase!!!!

They say, smiling
I get this question and offer
At a number of places
I know most folks mean well
They are just reciting
The company slogan
For that particular day
And, maybe, doing a good deed
Some just have no clue
Memorial Day? Veterans Day?
Hell, Valentine's Day?

Few know the difference
Or, even care
But, am I the only one
That finds this demeaning?
I did not serve in our military
To get a few discounts off
Some commercial transactions
Brothers and sisters did not die
Or get maimed for a free coupon!
A Veterans-Day-Sale! sign
Really, really irritates me!
So, shaking my head,
I say, No, not a veteran
And pay my full share
Hoping, one day, every day
Will be a genuine Veterans Day

Views: 596

In General Alas, Babylon! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #82 New 11-03-2013 05:16 PM
Alas, Babylon!

Alas, Babylon!
For some it is merely
A meaningless phrase
For others it is just a novel
A post-apocalyptic story
Of survival (and hope?)
For still others, it is an
Implementation plan, a sign

A code, a symbol of what
Is to come -- a get-out-
of-Dodge message that
Says: Go! Now! Grab
Your bug-out bag and
All you hold dear, and
Get to someplace safe!
Alas, Babylon!

Views: 943 | Comments: 2

In General Everyone Has a Plan Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #81 New 10-27-2013 04:46 PM
Everyone Has a Plan

Everyone has a plan
Till the bullets start flying
Then, taking cover and
Returning fire is sometimes
All that's left
A default Plan B

Back-up is far away
Logistical support
Is, as usual, a distant joke
Still, what doesn't kill you
Makes you stronger, right?
Or, is that a joke, too?

Naturally, there is always retreat
‘Course, the military does not retreat
It does a retrograde redeployment
You don't care what it's called
But getting out of Dodge
Is sometimes the best plan

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