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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, 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: 280
Comments: 66
Views: 265,119

In General Aevum Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #160 New 04-19-2015 05:14 PM

Between eternity and time
The indivisible world
Of the angels - aevum
Where no time is wasted

But we are embedded in time
Moment after moment
Unfolding, each now
Evolving into one long now

Our tapestry of self
Where time is precious
And flows only one way
And answers are few

Views: 389

In General Balance Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #159 New 04-12-2015 05:10 PM

I seek uke's balance
To make it my own
As he seeks mine
Opposing forces seeking harmony

I seek balance in my life
Coordinating events,
Situations, people, time,
Work, family, practice...

I seek my own personal balance
Searching for my own center
Because I know that life itself
Will not provide one

Views: 457

In General Way of Nothing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #158 New 04-05-2015 05:38 PM
Way of Nothing

Learning, curiosity, intellect
All must be destroyed
They got you this far
But, now, sitting
You are reaching for nothing
And these will only
Hold you back

Views: 568

In General Way of Purity Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #157 New 03-29-2015 02:39 PM
Way of Purity

Shore up your windows
And not let distractions in
Nor your soul out
Keep your focus
On your one true goal
Relax, be strong, be weak
And let the purity
Of your desire triumph

Views: 497

In General Way of Solitude Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #156 New 03-22-2015 04:42 PM
Way of Solitude

Pulled from the everyday
To sit in contemplation
And meditate on nothing

Away from others
And the routine world
The Way of Solitude

Follows an irresistible longing
Embracing darkness
To achieve illumination

Views: 479

In General The Way of Ignorance Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #155 New 03-15-2015 04:34 PM
The Way of Ignorance

Can there be any other Way?
Knowledge is limited
A sometimes conceit
That seems to favor error
And arrogance...

Ignorance, ignorance
You can count on it
It is always there
Humbly showing the Way
To where you do not know

Views: 532

In General Basho Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #154 New 03-08-2015 01:16 PM

Sitting in a Tim Hortons
In Chillicothe, Ohio
Sipping my coffee
Reading haiku by Basho,
Buson, and Issa

The neon lights
Of a McDonald's
Across Bridge Street
Occluded occasionally
By passing cars

Locals sitting around me
Coming and going
Discussing local stuff
Unless one visits such places
They are hard to describe

Views: 457

In General Journey Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #153 New 03-01-2015 05:18 PM

They say that the journey
Is the most important thing
Not the destination
So, focus on the journey
The process of becoming...

Well, I sometimes get really tired
Of the damn journey
The hardship, the loneliness
The pain, and loss...
I just want to get there!
And bypass all that tedious suffering

But, the destination is not always
So easy to find
To know what it even is, sometimes
And, as time passes, it can even change

So, we are stuck with a journey, after all
That slow, step, by bloody step, journey
Replete with pain, and suffering, and loss
But some joy, too...!
And, each moment is a moment
Of pure discovery
Of the universe and of ourselves
So, I try to relax and just embrace
My journey and my shifting destinations

Views: 499

In General Hairy Balls Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #152 New 02-22-2015 04:22 PM
Hairy Balls

By the hairy balls
Of Buddha; by Thor's
Throbbing member!
He exclaimed each time
I threw him...

Impressive and colorful
As his vocabulary was
I knew not to underestimate
The man behind the words
Still, it was a strange dojo!

Views: 253

In General Satori Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #151 New 02-15-2015 05:30 PM

Sometimes, that moment
That moment of enlightenment -
Satori, is not the pleasant
If not joyous experience
It is touted to be
It is not always beautiful
And harmonious...

Life as it really is
To see the true nature of things
This can sometimes be a sad
If not a heart-wrenching thing
My eyes looked and saw
And my mind expanded to fit
This new and extensive insight

But inside I quailed
And closed my eyes in pain
Wishing my new realization
My satori would disappear
As quickly as it had arrived

Views: 472

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