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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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Entries: 280
Comments: 66
Views: 265,172

In General Form Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #170 New 06-28-2015 07:32 PM

Proper form is not the same
As good technique
It is just the framework
To pour technique and heart into
Consecrate yourself to the battle
And, train accordingly

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In General Tablet of Destiny Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #169 New 06-21-2015 04:59 PM
Tablet of Destiny

The Tablet of Destiny
Gives us the fate of all
But only the gods can read it
I implore the tengu
High on Mount Kurama
As mentors and teachers
For those on the Path
To intercede on my behalf and
To tell me of my fate

I feel their ghost energy
Vibrate through me as they visit
But, they only sit and watch
Perhaps this is their message
Perhaps I am not worthy
Perhaps I am only dreaming
I sit, as they do, and enter into
The Great Deep
But the answer, as like the tengu
And the Tablet
Remains inscrutable, mysterious

Perhaps seeking immortality
And life's ultimate answers
Is for actual sennin
And not for a mere mortal
Such as myself
Still, who does not crave
To know their ultimate fate?
Especially if it is written
By some other's hand!

Views: 349

In General Something to Nothing? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #168 New 06-14-2015 06:58 PM
Something to Nothing?

How do you get
To nowhere from somewhere?
From something to nothing?

It is easier to feel this nothing
Than to see it...
More easily experienced
Than intellectually grasped

So, it seems hidden and dark
But, when actually experienced
This nothing is full of light

Views: 323

In General Shoshin Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #167 New 06-07-2015 11:05 PM

Beginner's mind
Less is more
The tabula rasa
A foundation only

Creating a void
To achieve emptiness
The ecstasy of stillness
The music of silence

Seeking to lose all
That has been attained
Mushin in motion
The dojo bell's triple notes

Creating the quiet
Where the soul can travel
Seeking completion with
Fellow travelers of the Way

Each contributing
To the journey
Seeking pain and joy
In the union

Of flesh, minds, and souls
The swirling of limbs and hakama
Contributing to the whole
Ending where it begins
Beginner's mind

In memory of Chiba Sensei....
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In General The Crane Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #166 New 05-31-2015 07:33 PM
The Crane

The crane moved
As cranes are wont to move
Slowly, elegantly, precisely
Each step taken with consideration
A delicate grace...
Fujin, the wind god
Brushing the reeds around her
Catching, lifting her wings
Forming a glittering cape

Her quick eye catches me looking
And she stops -- poised
Ready with her tengu wisdom
Should I prove worthy
But, the moment passes
And, once again, she is just a crane
Probing, probing what lies
Just below the surface
As I, inelegantly, also try to do

Views: 308

In General Black Stone Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #165 New 05-24-2015 05:11 PM
Black Stone

I walk the path - slowly
There is no hurry for the dead
My fingers softly brushing,
Trailing along the smooth Wall
Only the many indentations
Of engraved names
Breaking the smoothness
And, artifacts of sorrow
Left in honor and remembrance

I stop, now and again
Reading names, reading names...
Strangely, I always look
For my own name
My own name engraved
In black stone

Perhaps it is my own guilt
And, my own graying reflection
And, the tears, the tears
Always come, always come
The Three Soldiers
(Are they crying, too?)
Seem to follow me as I walk
Back and forth, back and forth
Fingers softly brushing black stone

I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.

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In General Beyond the Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #164 New 05-17-2015 07:28 PM
Beyond the Moon

If you could climb over
And step beyond the moon
Would you be any closer to heaven?

The path to heaven
Is measured by desire
Not by linear distance or direction

Our longing is the most direct route
Up, down, back, front...
All irrelevant

Look at what you love
Embrace this love fully
And you are already there

Views: 347

In General Way of Dying Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #163 New 05-10-2015 07:32 PM
Way of Dying

As we are all dying
Slowly, each and every day
(Well, some do die more quickly)
Should there not
Be a Way for something
As important as this?
A Way to guide us
Through this life-long process
Particularly in a time
Of peace and prosperity
Where a martial code mindset
May no longer apply
Some say that bushido
Is this Way

A Way to live in expectation
Of death at any moment
Actually, to live as one
Already dead
Is there another Way?
I prefer a Way of Dying
While navigating through life
And certainly recognizing death
But, preparing one to live, not die
A Hagakure for life, for today
Joyously each and every day

Views: 486

In General Shape Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #162 New 05-03-2015 06:08 PM

Shape structures space
Shape contains space
Shape actualizes space
Shape mobilizes space
Space is what is not there
What is not there
Provides purpose for what is

When I move into your space
I capture the container --
Your form
And bring it into the shape
Of my space -
Contained in my form
Two become one
Unity is complete
As is resolution

Control space and
You control form
Control form and
You control space
The shape of an attack
Provides its own solution
As nage and uke create
A brand new shape

Views: 419

In General Burden of Self Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #161 New 04-26-2015 07:04 PM
Burden of Self

Beware your burden of self
It can block your progress
Forget who you are
And that you are

Focus but do not fight
Let something pass into nothing
And follow that nothing
Back to something

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