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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, 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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Entries: 301
Comments: 66
Views: 289,099

In General Silent Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #201 New 01-31-2016 06:19 PM
Silent Night

It was a silent night in the dojo
The only sounds to be heard
Were the grunts of effort
The thuds and slaps
Of aikidoka bodies striking the mat
And the quiet growl of suffering

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In General Distortions Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #200 New 01-24-2016 07:51 PM

If I am unfortunate enough
I could have all my questions answered
No more tormented dreams
My quest would then be over

Would I then stand there frozen
One with an all-knowing god?
Fixed to reality, as a museum insect
Pinned to a display rack

Watching my reflection
From a window distorted by rain
I thank that unknown god
For all my limitations

Views: 291

In General Enso Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #199 New 01-17-2016 05:47 PM

Tilting the whiskey bottle
Up to my thirsty lips
The last dregs trickle
Down a throat long parched
Looking down inside
The long empty bottle
The bottom looks back
I see the enso at its base
Telling me that I have found
The nothingness I have
Always looked for

Views: 313

In General I am the Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #198 New 01-10-2016 06:43 PM
I am the Buddha

I am the Buddha
And I die
This is change
This is natural
I lie down
And I die
No miracle happens
I die
And the world goes on
Side by side with death
As always

Views: 343

In General Rank & Acclaim Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #197 New 01-03-2016 07:10 PM
Rank & Acclaim

He moved
Hesitantly and slowly

Once weekly attendance
With occasional seminars

And twenty years of struggle
Still not enough

To achieve intuitive knowledge
And fluidity of movement

Still, rank and acclaim
Were not his goals

He had a lifetime
And the journey was enough

Views: 408

In General Shogatsu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #196 New 12-31-2015 06:37 PM

It is hard to miss
The toll of the bells
Though I gotta admit
I tend to lose count
Does this mean my prior
Years' sins are not forgiven?
Best I can do is not
Choke on my mochi
After all that sake
And sweet amazake
The night before on
Omisoka - New Year's Eve
Still my first sunrise --
Hatsuhinode, should be
Something, as should be
Hatsugeiko -- my first
Aikido practice later that day
Traditionally, we usually toss
Each other 108 times, though I
Tend to lose count here too
Guess I'm destined to carry
My sins forward, as usual

Views: 378

In General Moments Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #195 New 12-27-2015 06:35 PM

It was one of those moments
Walking, the sky the color
Of an old used ice rink
Snow falling, falling heavily
When it seemed to hesitate
Hesitate in mid-air
Everything seemed to slow down
A second or a century
Could have passed by
I could see individual snow flakes
Slowly turning as they fell
Detailed structures, oh, so apparent
Everything was so clear
Click, and the moment was gone
I always remember such moments
Such rare moments
And crave their return

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In General Nirvana Calling Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #194 New 12-20-2015 05:12 PM
Nirvana Calling

Nirvana calling
Settle back....breathe
Nothing else....breathe
Belief is not required
Forget the Bodhi tree
Forget the masters
In fact, forget everything
Forget breathing
Just do it

Views: 435

In General Mirror, Myself Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #193 New 12-13-2015 06:07 PM
Mirror, Myself

I look into the mirror
And see my great enemy -
Myself -
Mara, the Demon Lord
Brings forth his hosts -
Lures and temptations...
But, I sit immovable
Till only myself remains
And I see the world
And myself for what they are

Views: 378

In General Ma-ai Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #192 New 12-06-2015 04:57 PM
(My Eye)

The jyo came down hard
Catching the left eye just right
Instantly incapacitating my opponent
Unfortunately, my target was his hand

Another, important example
Of how essential ma-ai is in aikido
Harmony of space, so central
To effective and safe practice

Views: 399

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