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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 PM
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Meditations...

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: 138
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In General I Do Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #28 New 10-21-2012 04:06 PM
I Do



I stand in the center of the circle
Yes and no pursue each other
Around the circumference

Right and wrong, nage and uke
Technique and no-technique
From the still-point of the center

I see all possibilities
My whole being apprehending
Abandoning conscious intent

Mind free, thoughts gone
Moving from direct intuition
I do






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In General The Zero Path Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #27 New 10-14-2012 05:48 PM
The Zero Path



Traveling down
Sunless, bleak pathways
Full of tears, pain
And eventual weakness
Holds no answers

In aikido
We try to enter
The place where
Nothing works
Where (e)motion is

Effortless and harmonious
Taking us to
A life path
That can function
In the world

All of life's obstacles
Splendid opportunities
Seeking wu-wei -- non-action
In acceptance of what
Life offers

The Zero Path
Where Nothing
Is Something
Empty yet substantial
At the same time

The Void where all reside
Crafting the quantum
Opportunities offered
That flow in and out
Of existence

Allowing us to navigate
Through myriad choices
Sometimes all too obscure
Clarifying a path
That allows us to see







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In General Be the Technique Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #26 New 10-07-2012 04:48 PM
Be the Technique


Be the technique
So I was told
Many times
Over the years

Be the technique?
How the hell, I wondered
Am I supposed
To accomplish that?

Don't perform
The technique
Be the technique!
Oh, yeah, that helps…

Does that mean
When I drink my beer
I should be the beer?
Just wondering…





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In General Hobo Kore Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #25 New 09-30-2012 02:31 PM
Hobo Kore Dojo



Your life is your dojo
Aikido beyond the mat
Where imbalance is rampant
Struggle and frustration
A way of life
Love and harmony
A constant effort
To strive for and achieve

But, if you can see it
Aikido is everywhere
Opportunities to blend
And flow and connect
A whole life
Of walls and barriers
To overcome or fall short

Falling down is not defeat
Take ukemi
And get back up
Falling down is natural
Not getting back up
Is defeat





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In General Grunt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 09-23-2012 03:41 PM
Grunt


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





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In General Dojo Bell Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #23 New 09-16-2012 05:30 PM
Dojo Bell


The dojo bell
Struck!
Off center

The third strike

Leaving the bell wildly
Looking for its
Two companions





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In General Elegantly Difficult Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #22 New 09-09-2012 12:13 PM
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





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In General Monkey Brain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #21 New 09-02-2012 04:40 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







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In General City Streets Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #20 New 08-26-2012 04:50 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





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In General We Would Like You to Retest Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #19 New 08-19-2012 03:44 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






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