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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 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

Views: 811

In General The End of Knowing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #70 New 08-11-2013 03:36 PM
The End of Knowing

What lies at the end of knowing?
After pulling back the layers...
The layers and layers
Chasing after this retreating question
Deeper and deeper into the abyss
Within the mind, a vortex
Where even light is darkness
Where there is nothing but nothing
A nothing that absorbs everything
Yet reflects back nothing
What lies there in this place
Where even "me" and "I" have no meaning?
Is there anything at the core?
Or does nothing lie at the end of knowing?
Who knows? But the sky is very blue!

Views: 601

In General Tengu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #69 New 08-04-2013 05:33 PM

Fog and wind
I have been to
The mountain
Seeking the wisdom
Of the tengu
To overcome my enemies
Preparing myself with
Inner and outer purity
Hoping to prove worthy

Fog and wind
Within I drift
Simplicity and serenity
No attachments
Or distractions
Only then do I
Identify my true enemy --

Views: 486

In General Nothing Special Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #68 New 07-28-2013 05:05 PM
Nothing Special

The trees stand in the wind
The wind blows through the trees
Nothing special
Yet, poets write poems to the event
Extolling the moment

But neither the trees nor the wind care
Perhaps it is the eyes of Schrodinger's cat
That brings meaning to the moment
Where none exist
Still, the poems are lovely…

Views: 561

In General Dragon or Snake? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 07-21-2013 04:19 PM
Dragon or Snake?

You can fill in the eyes
Of the painted dragon
Or, you can add legs
To the painted snake
One may be necessary
One is not

What, in aikido
Needs to be filled in?
What needs to be eliminated?
Or, is it already complete?
Dragon or snake?
Real choices, or...?

Views: 505

In General Kyosaku Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 07-14-2013 03:23 PM

I try to wake up
But I am locked
In the dream
I have no whisk-bearer
To offer wisdom, and
To guide my path
So, many times, humbly,
In gassho
I offer my back
To the kyosaku
Of the world
But I am still not
Nonetheless, I continue
My monkey-mind
Doing its best
My limitations
All too apparent

Views: 645

In General Move! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 07-07-2013 03:20 PM

Pushing up off the mat
Sweat dripping off my chin and nose
Hair plastered to my skull
Swearing silently to myself:
Get up! Get up!

The temperature must be
In the lower 90's, at least
The humidity, just god-awful
Air-conditioning, a lovely myth
I heard about in some far off good-land

My gi and hakama
No longer separate
But a part of my sweat-soaked body
Nage waiting patiently
Not in any hurry, himself

Breathe, breathe, my mantra
Shit, quit talking and just get up!
Movement can give the illusion of progress
So, at least, let me feed that illusion
And, just move!

Views: 498

In General The Meaning of Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 06-30-2013 05:10 PM
The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life
Is that it ends,
It is said
So, what to do
Prior to this ending?
Try to prolong it?
Go for quality, only?

Building, enjoying,
Family and friends
And ongoing moments
With focused attention to detail
Of an ever-present Now
A Now that promises eternity
In each drop of time

A journey of samadhi-time
Universal moment
After universal moment
Embracing the sand and pebbles
Of everyday life
All there is
And all there ever will be

Still, prolonging the end
Seems reasonable, too
So, I wear my seat-belt
Take my vitamins
Diligently practice my aikido
And renew my Cryonic
Association's fees

Views: 534

In General Dreaming Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 06-23-2013 05:11 PM

Do trees dream?
If so, of what?

The tall, ancient conifer
Does it dream of
The cold north
Of chill winds
Blowing through its needles
Of the sun, pale in
Occluded skies?

The giant oak
Does it dream of
Sensuous seasons
Coming and going
It growing strong in
The endless cycles
Of birth, death, and rebirth?

The ginkgo tree
Does it dream
Of forever
Ancient and strong
Its leaves shimmering
On breezes from
The future?

When I dream of trees
Do we dream in harmony?

Views: 525

In General Road Trip Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 06-16-2013 02:51 PM
Road Trip

Nothing ahead but darkness
With my headlights -- already
On high-beam -- probing, probing
My car bulleting into the dark
Fully confident of the road
Continuing on ahead -
At least as far as the headlights
Can reach, anyway...
Moving, yet steady guide markers
Pointing the way, a tunnel through the void

The car's ride smooth
Leather seats, cushions, and springs
Soaking up any small bumps
The wind whistling past the windshield
Invisible movement
The low hum and slight vibration
Of the big engine reassuring
An occasional bug splattering on the glass
The surrounding landscape invisible
But felt and sensed, nonetheless

The miles sliding by
The minutes, then hours, left behind
Road signs and the occasional billboard
Picked up by the headlights
Then quickly left behind, flashing past
After a while, it seems like the road
Is all there is and all that ever was
My destination seems unimportant
The journey all there is, never ending
As I plummet into darkness

Views: 457

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