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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..., 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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In General Peter Principle Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #80 New 10-20-2013 05:20 PM
Peter Principle

The Peter Principle
I watch for it every day
In organizations and people

Even in Aikido
Does it apply in Aikido?
Do people rise to their

Level of incompetence?
Or, because aikidoists, though
Part of a larger organization,

Are seeking personal growth
And development, does this
Exempt them from this principle?

Same rank, different capabilities
Individual, personal growth?
Or, is Peter alive and well?

Views: 657

In General Stochastic Man Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #79 New 10-13-2013 07:01 PM
Stochastic Man

Uke attacks, strongly
I enter and lead - late!
Uke's balance is not taken
No kuzushi for me!
And, I expose myself to uke's
I try applying brute force
Argh...! I feel I might as well
Use some random defense
Some Brownian motion
That can't be predicted

But this is kata
Attack and defense in form
No takemusu yet, if ever!
One day, perhaps
My attack and defense
Will be one chance in a lifetime -
Ichi-go ichi-e, unique
And self-generating
I will be a stochastic man
Unpredictable within
The Aikido universe!

Views: 625

In General Bruised Hands Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #78 New 10-06-2013 06:27 PM
Bruised Hands

Bruised hands
Scared and gnarled
Battered by life
They help build or destroy
They carry the
Weight of weapons
When needed

They carry a babe -
Ever so gently...
They carry my heart
They carry my soul
They carry life and death
Such are my hands
My bruised hands

Views: 548

In General Sen Sen No Sen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #77 New 09-29-2013 06:30 PM
Sen Sen No Sen

Standing before me
My opponent
Issues unresolved
Sen sen no sen

I move, drawing out his purpose
Breathing in and swallowing
Up his movement
Kidnapping his intent

Inducing him into oneness
Two become one
Guiding us together
To a resolution we both

Can live with:
Masakatsu and agatsu
Correct victory and self-victory
Together, as one

Views: 547

In General Gokui? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #76 New 09-22-2013 06:17 PM

Does Aikido have any
Gokui, secret principles?
Principles beyond the obvious
Beyond that which is
Usually taught in most
Traditional Aikido dojos?
Such as harmonizing, blending,
Re-directing force by entering,
Leading, and turning ukes' movements
Into an outcome that both
Nage and uke can live with

All this is understood by everyone
From kyu ranks to dan ranks
In various degrees...
Still, is there something more?
How about "aiki"?
This is sometimes heralded
As a "secret hidden in plain sight"
Anything else?
Something that high-level practitioners
Can apply in dire situations?
Or, is Aikido, simply Aikido?

Views: 486

In General Don't Touch Me! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #75 New 09-15-2013 06:27 PM
Don't Touch Me!

For a grunt
The top three sins
To be committed
In military life:
Don't touch my weapon,
My food or my woman
Without permission -
In that order

But, today, it's
Don't touch my
Latte, my luxury car
Or my hair
Without permission

And, in aikido, it's
Don't touch me!
Unless you mean to
Harmonize, blend, and
Be one with the universe!
Ah, maturity...

Views: 564

In General Sturgeon's Law Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #74 New 09-08-2013 06:30 PM
Sturgeon's Law

Nothing is always absolutely so
Such is the nature of nothing
Or, is it just the nature of paradox?

Views: 558

In General Ragnarok of Being Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #73 New 09-01-2013 03:48 PM
Ragnarok of Being

Ragnarok of being
The final battle
For the soul -
Past the gate
And the great doubt
To the center of being
A battle fought alone
Odin and his ilk
Not there to help

Reality creates us
And we create reality
Around and around it goes
Somewhere in the boundaries
Lies freedom, the freedom
To pursue our own Path
A Path that leads us where?
To a being-in-the-world fog?
To the final despair?

Where there is no answer left
But the Abyss, the Void
The place we fear most
But need to enter
To take that great leap
And at the end
At the beginning
Find the message:
Welcome Seeker!

Views: 637

In General Silence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #72 New 08-25-2013 04:45 PM

Silence is not nothing

Silence is not trying
To deny or ignore
That which cannot
Be spoken of

Silence is a finger
Pointing, focusing
Mutely giving direction

Sit in the center
Of silence, and...

Views: 684

In General Arrogant, Armed, and Assholic Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #71 New 08-18-2013 03:16 PM
Arrogant, Armed, and Assholic

Arrogant, armed, and assholic
With a small talent
For mayhem and violence
Not much of a resume
But, unfortunately, they
Can be found everywhere
Strutting, focused on belly and phallus
Foot-soldiers for those
Who see the future
In terms of greed and power
Self-indulgence and authority
Rather than responsibility, self-control,
Understanding, and community

At first the Way of the Sword
Has a surface appeal
Till a bewildered understanding
Takes place or is imposed
For it is not easy for some
To understand or value
That a sword in the sheath is priceless, or
That the cleanest cut is the cut withheld
And to comprehend the Sword of No-Sword, even less so
For those focused only on Something
This is impossible to understand
Or to grasp that only the Sword of No-Sword
Is sharp enough to cut Nothing

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