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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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In General Izanagi and Izanami Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #128 New 09-14-2014 04:59 PM
Izanagi and Izanami

Izanagi and Izanami
Meet, intersect
Creating the world
And aiki….
And through aiki
The cosmic flow of life
Is created -- takemusu aiki
The spontaneous generation
Of technique --
A universal martial art
Not limited by system or style

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In General The Gates Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #127 New 09-07-2014 02:29 PM
The Gates

The gates are always open
Always, there are no barriers
No manned check-points
Checking ID, turning people away
The gates are always open
Always, just step on through
Through the gate each path leads to
The path you've traveled for so long

Just step on through
All the myriad gates
Lead to the same place
The destination is identical
The only actual gate is in your mind
Banish it....cross the threshold
You've come this far, don't tarry
You are the only gate keeper!

Views: 387

In General Rain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #126 New 08-31-2014 07:26 PM

It rained today
Nothing fancy
It just rained
I got wet
Walking in the rain

But, I didn't care
It rained today
I took a walk
In the rain
And got wet

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In General Shelter Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #125 New 08-24-2014 03:55 PM

There is a place I go to
Where I can find shelter
Support, relief from suffering
It's not too far away
But, sometimes it is hard
To get to, so hard to get to

So I wait, I wait, I wait
I wait till it is ready
Ready to open, open for me
It can't be forced

I breathe deeply, deeply
Bringing in all my pain
And exhaling it all out
All of it, all of it
In and out, in and out
Till there is nothing left
Nothing left, except my place
My place of shelter

So calm, so peaceful, so close
Yet, sometimes so far
But I wait patiently
For my mind, my heart, my spirit
To come together and let me in
In to my shelter

Views: 372

In General Arrogant or Delusional Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #124 New 08-17-2014 04:21 PM
Arrogant or Delusional

When you speak
Of enlightenment
Of its study
Of its potential
Of you trying to reach it
YOU...every day you!
You can't help but sound
Arrogant or delusional

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In General I Sit and Watch Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #123 New 08-10-2014 05:42 PM
I Sit and Watch

I sit and watch
The bright blue sky
Turn dark, lit with stars
The blending of day
Into night - slow blending
And night back into day

I sit and watch
I sit and watch
I sit and watch
This is the important part
The watching
My spectator self

Taking no part in the process
Just observing
A passive spectator
How can this be?
Am I not part of this world?
An integral part?

Does not my body
Resonate in harmony
With all in the world?
So, when I sit and watch
Does not the world
Watch back?

Views: 415

In General The Far Side Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #122 New 08-03-2014 02:53 PM
The Far Side

On the other side
The far side
Of fear, discomfort, and pain
Is a whole new
And different world
That most people don't
Even know exists
But, it is there, habitable
And worthwhile

Sometimes there is
A satisfaction, if not pleasure
In this fear, discomfort, and pain
And, as you look back
At your old self
And at other people
They seem to move
In soft, slow motion
And without authentic life

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In General Pub Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #121 New 07-27-2014 01:47 PM
Pub Night

Pub night
At Summer Camp
Winding down
After a hard day of
Training, practice, practice,
Sweat-soaked practice
Suwari waza, tachi waza,
Weapons waza…
D-J, music, dancing
Beer and snacks
Under the awnings
Tall pines, shadows
In the dark
Red-headed she-devil
In a gold lamé hakama
Conversations way into
The night…
Early morning
Back on the mat!

Views: 376

In General Hajime! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #120 New 07-14-2014 01:51 PM

So many years now
The years, decades
Roll on by
Seems like forever
And like only yesterday
Hajime! -- I begin
I began -- I become
I am becoming
Each day the anxious focus
The focus on all the details
All the small, important details
Trying to get them right
The movements, the forms
The techniques, the kata
All the practices, all the sweat
All the pain, frustration, joy
Everything beginning afresh each day
Hajime! -- I begin, I began, I become
I am becoming.....
But, enzan -- the far mountain
Appears no closer

Views: 312

In General The Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #119 New 07-06-2014 01:35 PM
The Dojo

The dojo...
A training hall
A place of the Way -
For outsiders a place
Of mystery and promise
The mystery and promise
Of hidden and esoteric
Mystical Eastern knowledge
Of cryptic commands
Uttered in strange tongues
Of information shared only
With those considered worthy

But, stay awhile
The mystery slowly disappears
And what remains is hard work
Sweat, burning lungs and muscles
Fear, surprise, frustration, and, pain
Oh, yes, lots and lots of pain
Sometimes the mat is so cold
Your feet cramp and your gi
Chills your body -- at first
Sometimes, your gi is sweat-loaded
Even as you first put it on
But, the promise remains
That promise of connection
And mastery -- mastery of an art
And of yourself...

So, you stay, and stay
And, sometimes, looking back
You see yourself, looking back
Nodding, bowing, in acceptance
And in gratitude
That the Way continues
Continues on in a place -
A dojo, built for that very purpose
A place of exploration, and definitely
A place of mystery and promise
But the mystery, as is the promise
Is in you...

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