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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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Status: Public
Entries: 297
Comments: 66
Views: 285,882

In General Try as I Might Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #187 New 11-01-2015 06:16 PM
Try as I Might

Try as I might
The monkey mind
Is not as quiet
As the Zen mind
I adjust my breathing
Settling deeper into my zafu
- Forget that itch!
Focus - don't focus
Let everything be - not be
Breathe - not breathe...

Views: 302

In General My Sacred Place Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #186 New 10-25-2015 07:41 PM
My Sacred Place

My sacred place
Is just a cushion
In front of a mirror
But, I sit there, in zazen
And simply experience
Who and what I am
And, what I might become
A place of rest,
Inspiration, and incubation
The lights are dim
A candle burns
As I sit

Views: 440

In General When It's Dark Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #185 New 10-18-2015 07:26 PM
When It's Dark

When it's dark
When it's quiet
I go back to my source
Where nothing happens
Though something does
So I sit, letting it occur
Nothing happens
It is dark and quiet

Views: 352

In General Summer Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #184 New 10-11-2015 06:52 PM
Summer Day

In my dream
I hear the dojo bell ring
We are all lined up
Ready for class
As the last ring fades away
Sensei begins class
My aikido is marvelous
Fluidity and harmony
As natural as warmth
On a summer's day
When I wake up
I still hear the fading bell
But my aikido, my aikido
My aikido still awaits
That summer day

Views: 362

In General Silent Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #183 New 10-04-2015 06:34 PM
Silent Moon

A night so hushed
Nothing moving, nothing
Not a sound anywhere
Not even my own breathing

I never noticed before
That the moon is so quiet
So profoundly, deeply silent
As it transcends the night sky

Views: 336

In General Transparent Moonlight Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #182 New 09-27-2015 06:48 PM
Transparent Moonlight

Transparent moonlight
Shining on an empty mountaintop

Where once a temple stood
Abandoned by enlightenment

Views: 277

In General The Right Word Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #181 New 09-20-2015 04:13 PM
The Right Word

The power of the right word
Rightly, properly, perfectly used
Capturing the moment just right

Yet, the real experience
Is surely beyond mere words
Beyond the reasoned architecture
Of the poem's structure

Words are simply the pointing finger
To the authentic experience
Ame furaba fure, kaze fukaba*


*Quoted from the Zen Monk Ikkyu Sojun:
If it rains, let it rain; if the wind blows, let it blow

Views: 326

In General Chaoskampf Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #180 New 09-13-2015 05:17 PM

Order and chaos
Fight for supremacy
As above, so below
My personal struggle
Reflected in the world

I sit in seiza
The battle raging within
Forces clashing
But, all things
come out of chaos

Primal Chaos is the
Father and mother of all
So, I relax and let
Turmoil have its way
Trusting that the struggle -

My own Chaoskampf
Is as it should be
My natural state
My primordial ylem
Birthing its own cosmic egg

Views: 392

In General Forbidden to Speak Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #179 New 09-06-2015 05:11 PM
Forbidden to Speak

I am not forbidden to speak
But, to say more would be a sacrilege
So, I sit quietly, watching, watching
Flowers swaying in the breeze
Insects plying their nature
A blue sky, with fragrant clouds
Drifting in a cool, gentle wind
I am not forbidden to speak
I just don't

Views: 335

In General Haiku Country Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #178 New 08-30-2015 06:24 PM
Haiku Country

Mountains, forests, lakes,
Rivers, lost pathways,
A bright moon glimpsed
Through passing clouds
This is haiku country,
Someone said
Which said it all

Views: 281

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