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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 Taijitu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #103 New 03-16-2014 02:20 PM

I have heard it described as
The diagram of ultimate power
Finally, I think I understand
What this means - finally!

Did I mention how slow I am?
Not just a symbol of
A deep philosophical insight
Which it is, only more -
But a practical, functional map

Again, hidden in plain sight!
The union of opposing forces:
Staring right in front of me
All this time!

Views: 602

In General Vulnerable & Mortal Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #102 New 03-09-2014 08:01 PM
Vulnerable & Mortal

Vulnerable and mortal
The crashing blade
Reminded me of that

Despite all my training
All my practice
Duck, blend, tsuki!
All my striving

Nothing would change
These immutable facts:
Vulnerable and mortal
An old lesson, forever new

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In General Shadows Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #101 New 03-02-2014 09:05 PM

Shadows -- they hide
They obscure
They provide protection
And possibilities
And, they are not
Always apparent

Two sides
Omote and ura
Front and back
The obvious and the hidden
But, shadows, shadows can
Sometimes be so illuminating
And provide a lesson
Beyond the obvious

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In General Keiko Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #100 New 02-23-2014 09:34 PM

I move, he moves, I move
Again and again, and again
Though we are doing
Futari keiko - paired practice
It seems as though
I am doing hitori keiko - solo practice
My mind seems detached
Following both our movements
As nage, as uke, as uke, as nage...
Well, you get it...
As both at once...

More of a jukko keiko --
A meditative practice
I calmly watch his feet, his hands
I feel his center and move with it
The koshi-nage feels smooth
The irimi-nage, less so
Still, the flow is all there
I can see it, feel it, follow it
I just have to let it all go
And have faith in my own abilities
And that the center can hold

Views: 651

In General Khakkhara Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #99 New 02-16-2014 02:01 PM

My alarm-staff
Lets creatures
And the faithful
Know I am coming
But what good is it
When I don't know
Where I am going?

Views: 648

In General Mirror Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #98 New 02-09-2014 06:51 PM

Truth and beauty
Do I see it in the dojo?
How about harmony?

The dust of everyday life
Accumulates, dirtying
Perceptions, hiding

Each day I brush
The dust
Off my mind

Like the mirror nestled
In the kamiza
I try to reflect truth
And beauty in my actions

In my techniques
But this is an endless task
Requiring constant dusting

Views: 612

In General Nothing Works Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 02-02-2014 06:46 PM
Nothing Works

Entering the realm
Where nothing matters
Where nothing works
Moving, untouched

Without resistance
Or restraint
I stand behind
My charging enemy

Views: 627

In General Cutting Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #96 New 01-26-2014 06:34 PM

Closing with
My opponent
I raise my ken

And with a clear,
Loud kiai! I cleave
The air, but not
To cut my opponent!

But, rather, to cut
The misunderstanding
Between us

Views: 633

In General Crushed Opposition Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #95 New 01-19-2014 04:12 PM
Crushed Opposition

In the martial arts
You are usually taught
To use the least amount
Of force necessary
To perform a technique
It's just more efficient
And, still gets the job done

Personally, I'll use as much
Force as I can muster
Too much is better
Than too little, especially
When my life is on the line
Better a crushed opposition
Than a dead PC me

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In General A Future Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #94 New 01-13-2014 04:42 PM
A Future

Here, take this vest,
put it on and go
to that guard post
When it is detonated
you will live
but the enemy will die

But, father, I don't want to
I know better
I'll be killed!
I'm only 9 years old!

A slap! Hard! Knocked to the dirt:

Do as you are told!
You are only a female
with no future
and no other purpose in life

Looking up from the ground,
bruised and bloody:

But, father, I want to live!
I want to be educated!
I want to grow up!
I work all day and night
cleaning our house, cooking,
laboring in the fields,
and caring for the animals
You beat me and give me no thanks!
And now this...
Why can't I have a life?
A future?


Sorry, perhaps too much NPR...
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