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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: 134
Comments: 62
Views: 104,973

In General Grunt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 09-23-2012 02:41 PM

Grunting, groaning,
Sweating, complaining
Too much inner chatter!

Ah, it's too hot, too cold
My knees hurt
My feet are cramping
What, suwari waza, again!
Fuck, that nikkyo really hurt!
Damn, that break-fall nearly killed me!
Where's my breath?
What happened to flowing and effortless?
My ass…
What am I doing here?
Why won't he fall?
Why am I so tired?
How's my hair?
When will it end?

Second wind…
At some point it happens
Always forget when
Body humming, movement easier
Joyous discomfort
Gi and body, a sweaty union
Mindless delight
I sit in seiza
Complete in no-thought

Views: 895 | Comments: 2

In General Dojo Bell Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #23 New 09-16-2012 04:30 PM
Dojo Bell

The dojo bell
Off center

The third strike

Leaving the bell wildly
Looking for its
Two companions

Views: 562

In General Elegantly Difficult Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #22 New 09-09-2012 11:13 AM
Elegantly Difficult

Form follows function, they say
This applies in architecture
And many other disciplines
Including aikido, I think
In aikido, especially
The difficulty lies in
Creating a simplicity
Balanced by elegance
That permits nage and uke
To flow into form and function
As need and situation arises
Blending the elegantly difficult
Into a creative discipline
Of form, function, and art

Views: 485

In General Monkey Brain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #21 New 09-02-2012 03:40 PM
Monkey Brain

I search for the moon
In the water
Unable to distinguish

My monkey brain
Chattering away
Confused by ten thousand things

Still, I reach out
Till I fall in
Only then do I wake up

Views: 730 | Comments: 3

In General City Streets Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #20 New 08-26-2012 03:50 PM
City Streets

Some people wander
The rivers and mountains
Among mist, vine, rock and cave
Boundless and free

Companion with white clouds
Friends with Cold Mountain
Or perhaps Thatch-Hut Mountain

I wander city streets
Entering cool subway tunnels
Paths to the underworld

I marvel at tall towers and
Look down from their heights
Watching the cityscape beneath

Unfold out of dawn and night
Concrete and stone my pillows
The city an incandescent jewel

Its arteries, streets and tunnels
Living and breathing
With their own nature

Taking joy in the bustling multitudes
Becoming one with the flow
All ten thousand things apparent

I listen to the wind
I listen to the rain
With all their city flavors

Channeling through city streets
Seasons come and go
And the city endures

Always in a chrysalis state
Fall mists cling to buildings and trees
Winter winds scour the streets

Creating emptiness and space
Spring haze rises with the sun
Summer nights hang heavy

With heat and city scents
The city knows the Tao
The Tao knows the city

But they do not talk
The Way flows through all beneath heaven
Including valleys and hills
Made of concrete, stone, and steel

Views: 626 | Comments: 1

In General We Would Like You to Retest Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #19 New 08-19-2012 02:44 PM
We Would Like You to Retest

I stand there
Facing the kamiza
And the seated judges
Respectful and silent
Sweat cooling
Everyone else
Sitting in rows
Sitting in seiza
A sea of white gis
With an occasional
Dark hakama
The dojo finally quiet
After intense moments
Of effort and action
Nage and uke -- many ukes
Flowing in harmony (?)
With sweat and breath

We would like you
to retest
, they say
Dreaded words
What they don't say:
AKA: You failed!
You did not pass
The test!
I absorb this news
(Shit, damn,
this sucks!)
And the critique
That follows
Breathing, calming
My mind and body
And emotions
I bow in acknowledgement
Returning to seiza

Views: 840 | Comments: 2

In General Distant Butterfly Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #18 New 08-12-2012 02:57 PM
Distant Butterfly

The more organized
Your mind
The easier it is
To steal it

The Tao is chaos
Without disorder
Follow the Tao
And order becomes apparent

A butterfly
Disturbs the breeze
And a storm
Arises elsewhere

I sit in seiza
Mind empty and clear
Sensing the faint brush
Of a distant butterfly

Views: 738 | Comments: 3

In General I Hear Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #17 New 08-05-2012 03:04 PM
I Hear

I hear

The faint
Sound of
The wind

The faint
Flow of
The river

As my
Faces me

Views: 617 | Comments: 1

In General The Other Side Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #16 New 07-29-2012 11:50 AM
The Other Side

The Way of Aikido
Is painful and arduous
The journey is long

Pleasure and difficulty
Are shared in abundance
In equal measures

After years of struggle and effort
What is the result?
What is on the other side

Of all this effort?
Can completion be conceived of?
Or even achieved?

We are told that the struggle
Is the Way, that the Way
Is the struggle

Still, is there something more?
Something else?
Each chosen Way

May eventually lead to that place
Beyond mere appearance
Beyond Illusion

If so,
What is on the other side
Of Aikido?

Views: 492

In General Purple Cow Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #15 New 07-22-2012 04:28 PM
Purple Cow

Walking along
An obscure pathway
I saw a purple cow once
A purple cow?, I thought
How strange and different!

When I looked back
It was gone
Stranger and stranger, I thought
Circling the meadow
Till I disappeared

Views: 706 | Comments: 2

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