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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, and Nothing Matters..., 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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Status: Public
Entries: 251
Comments: 66
Views: 222,926

In General Relax Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #131 New 10-05-2014 04:32 PM

Relax, no, relax more
More….no, not limp
See, here's rigid
Here's limp
Now, here's relaxed
Feel the difference?
Okay, play with this
For a few years
So, I was told
So many years ago
And I'm still playing with it!

Views: 497

In General Heart of Transcendence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #130 New 09-28-2014 12:56 PM
Heart of Transcendence

The trench, the foxhole, the grave
Telling them apart depends
On context, on perception

Battle brings out many things in people
Some good, some not so good,
Some downright bad and ugly
But, in some, battle, battle
Brings out transcendence

In the heart of battle
In the cauldron of pain and fear
Some souls are elevated
Not to who they might become
But, to who they already are

Views: 416

In General A Little More Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #129 New 09-21-2014 05:44 PM
A Little More

Damn, I hurt
I'm tired
Can't catch my breath!
That's it
Gotta stop -- take 5
No -- take 10!
If only …

Just a little more...
Quitting means accepting limits
Just a little more
Not much -- just more
Coordinate breath and body
Ah, a little more
Comes a little easier

Views: 324

In General Izanagi and Izanami Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #128 New 09-14-2014 05:59 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

Views: 386

In General The Gates Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #127 New 09-07-2014 03:29 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: 412

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

Views: 332

In General Shelter Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #125 New 08-24-2014 04:55 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: 411

In General Arrogant or Delusional Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #124 New 08-17-2014 05:21 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

Views: 450

In General I Sit and Watch Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #123 New 08-10-2014 06:42 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: 452

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

Views: 443

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