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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: 315
Comments: 66
Views: 304,528

In General Moments Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #195 New 12-27-2015 05:35 PM

It was one of those moments
Walking, the sky the color
Of an old used ice rink
Snow falling, falling heavily
When it seemed to hesitate
Hesitate in mid-air
Everything seemed to slow down
A second or a century
Could have passed by
I could see individual snow flakes
Slowly turning as they fell
Detailed structures, oh, so apparent
Everything was so clear
Click, and the moment was gone
I always remember such moments
Such rare moments
And crave their return

Views: 392

In General Nirvana Calling Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #194 New 12-20-2015 04:12 PM
Nirvana Calling

Nirvana calling
Settle back....breathe
Nothing else....breathe
Belief is not required
Forget the Bodhi tree
Forget the masters
In fact, forget everything
Forget breathing
Just do it

Views: 451

In General Mirror, Myself Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #193 New 12-13-2015 05:07 PM
Mirror, Myself

I look into the mirror
And see my great enemy -
Myself -
Mara, the Demon Lord
Brings forth his hosts -
Lures and temptations...
But, I sit immovable
Till only myself remains
And I see the world
And myself for what they are

Views: 385

In General Ma-ai Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #192 New 12-06-2015 03:57 PM
(My Eye)

The jyo came down hard
Catching the left eye just right
Instantly incapacitating my opponent
Unfortunately, my target was his hand

Another, important example
Of how essential ma-ai is in aikido
Harmony of space, so central
To effective and safe practice

Views: 420

In General At Times Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #191 New 11-29-2015 04:32 PM
At Times

At times
At times I lost my certainty
At times I feared I was wrong
At times I was totally confused
At times I got very, very tired
At times the cosmic wind
Seemed weak, nebulous
A vague dream I once had
Insubstantial, unreal...
At such times, I looked deep
Looked deep within myself
My life before and after
My memories, all my experiences
I looked all around me
At the world, at its condition
At such times, I gathered my resolve
Following that faint thread
Back to its cosmic source
And found the light once again

Views: 374

In General Marvel Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #190 New 11-22-2015 02:09 PM

When the sun rises
When at night, the moon
And the stars come out
When it rains, and I
Walk quiet, wet streets
When it snows in hushed wonder
At the dojo, when I sweat
And take in hot breaths
I think of you at all these times
And marvel in joy and gratitude
That you share my life
And, that your nikkyo
Really, really, hurts!

Views: 379

In General Sleeping Hakama Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #189 New 11-15-2015 05:51 PM
Sleeping Hakama

Sleeping hakama
They rest there
On the tatami
Drying, cooling
Energetic sweat evaporating
From a day's hard practice
Black, empty shapes
Resting proudly
Awaiting their owners'
Eventual return
To fill the empty forms
Once again
With hard practice
And strong technique

Views: 410

In General Simple Awareness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #188 New 11-08-2015 03:59 PM
Simple Awareness

In contemplation
Forget the world
Gnaw at the simple awareness
Of your own being
Your own self
Eventually, cast it aside
Into this vacuum created
Will fall a greater something
Where everything dwells

Views: 368

In General Try as I Might Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #187 New 11-01-2015 05:16 PM
Try as I Might

Try as I might
The monkey mind
Is not as quiet
As the Zen mind
I adjust my breathing
Settling deeper into my zafu
- Forget that itch!
Focus - don't focus
Let everything be - not be
Breathe - not breathe...

Views: 331

In General My Sacred Place Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #186 New 10-25-2015 06:41 PM
My Sacred Place

My sacred place
Is just a cushion
In front of a mirror
But, I sit there, in zazen
And simply experience
Who and what I am
And, what I might become
A place of rest,
Inspiration, and incubation
The lights are dim
A candle burns
As I sit

Views: 450

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