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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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Entries: 171
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In General Staff/Shout! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 06-09-2013 03:14 PM

Your dark side follows
Wherever you go
A constant companion
Even as you read
The Scriptures

Not everyone today has
The staff of Te Shan*
Or the shout of Lin Chi*
To guide them
And liberate them


*Blue Cliff Record, Intro xxiii
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In General Pain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 06-02-2013 03:58 PM

Nothing like having
The pain beaten out of you
(Or into you, at first!)
Applied Aikido technique
After technique
After technique
After practice
After year
Then, if you can still
Feel the pain
More severe training
Is required!
So some say

As uke, experiencing pain
Your power disappears
Your awareness enters the pain
And your focus is redirected
Till you are lost
Still, you seek out such
Blessful opportunities
Again and again
To add to the pain
Only then with complete
Absorption, relaxation
And redirection can you
Learn from and eventually
Overcome the pain
And gain from its lessons

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In General Memorial Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #59 New 05-26-2013 03:47 PM
Memorial Day

It has been said
That heroism is the
brilliant triumph of the soul
over the flesh

When we celebrate
Memorial Day
Or, Remembrance Day
What we usually remember
Though, is not the heroism

But the loss
The loss of family,
Friends, comrades-
in-battle -- all loved ones
Dearly loved, dearly missed

Glory-dazzled battles
Be damned!
To have our loved ones back
Is all that's really wanted!

Some of you may have noticed that the past few postings have been about war and battle and such, leading up to today's posting of Memorial Day. 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.

Please see the Forum discussion on "heroism".

*Henri Frederic Amiel: (27 September 1821 -- 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.
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In General Tell Me About the Rain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #58 New 05-19-2013 07:07 PM
Tell Me About the Rain

Tell me about the rain
Tell me about pain
And suffering and loss
Tell me about vultures
Pecking at carcasses
On the side of the road
Tell me about IEDs
And suicide bombers

Tell me about screaming
At the night sky
Your soul fractured
And on fire
Consuming itself
With grief and rage and fear
Tell me, and then
Maybe, I'll listen to you

Views: 536

In General Thanatos and Eros Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #57 New 05-12-2013 02:47 PM
Thanatos and Eros

I man the broken
Barricades of civilization
Three tours now
God I am weary!
The enemy has no mercy
Suicide bombers
Vie for paradise
We fight and fight
A damn PC-war
For love and country and gods
And corporate greed

Thanatos and eros
Compete while ghosts weep
I hang between earth and sky
In an imposed limbo
To face the truth
Is to embrace death
As all must under heaven
Yet, all I really think about
Is your sweet face
Will I ever go home again
And feel your touch?

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In General Time to Mourn Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #56 New 05-05-2013 03:23 PM
Time to Mourn

After the storm
After the battle
Taking time to mourn
And weep, if necessary,
For comrades fallen
In honorable combat
Is a warrior's right
And need

But, once done
Life moves on
Do not weep at
The memory of battles
Old and new
For they are the
Fire which can bring
Abiding joy and pride

Make peace with
Memories of
Clashes and conflict
And trials of
Death survived
But, peace it must be
Or time remains frozen
And healing denied

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In General Home from the Wars Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #55 New 04-28-2013 03:26 PM
Home from the Wars

Our warriors go forth
Upon our bidding
Duty bound
And come back scarred
And sometimes maimed
From battles fought
And comrades lost
In honorable combat
Pariahs or heroes
Their fates we decide

We can circle
The ancient campfire
And embrace our brethren
Home from the wars
Recognizing there is honor
If we honor them
Recognizing there is glory
If we glorify them
And that we can multiply the joy
And share the pain, of each

This is our duty

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In General Battle-Crap Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #54 New 04-21-2013 04:37 PM

After the battle-crap
And the terror-piss
After the fighting
Has ended

After the shock
And exhaustion
Has passed
And slow recovery begins

Then I can
Drink my beer
Tell my war stories
And all my lies

And most definitely
Not mention
My terror-piss
Or, my battle-crap

Views: 902 | Comments: 4

In General Scoop Up the Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #53 New 04-14-2013 03:47 PM
Scoop Up the Moon

Over and over
I scoop up the moon
On the water

Only to see it slip
Through my fingers
Again and again

Views: 571

In General Down and Out in Oak Park Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #52 New 04-07-2013 06:12 PM
Down and Out in Oak Park

He walks the streets of Oak Park
Tall, gaunt, stoop-shouldered, old, and gray
I sit by the window of the coffee shop
Watching him walk on by

Even in warm weather he wears
A long coat, with layers underneath
At first, I thought he was just a
Regular, eccentric Oak Park resident

Since he was carrying grocery bags
One of which was from a local store
As I saw him more and more often
I realized he wore the same clothes

And carried the same bags each time
Down and out in Oak Park, I thought
Poverty I can understand
I've been there before, myself

Perhaps I will be there again, someday
It seems different somehow
When you see it in an affluent suburb
One poor, lonely, homeless, old man

Walking the streets
Surrounded by success and wealth
I have no answer as I sip my coffee
Sitting there thinking: what would

Buddha do? What would O'Sensei do?
What would Jesus or Karl Marx do?
What would Superman do?
I sit there….

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