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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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Entries: 264
Comments: 66
Views: 244,548

In General NO! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #144 New 01-04-2015 06:33 PM

Can an object have a voice?
Can it seem intelligible, understandable?

The blade, as it swiftly fell towards my head
Seemed intent on screaming a battle-cry

Separate from its master, it screamed:

I parried, moving off line
Giving my answer with my own blade:

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In General No Escape Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #143 New 12-28-2014 04:29 PM
No Escape

In a dojo
There is no escape
No place to hide
You leave your civvies
In the locker room
And don special clothes
A gi - everyone the same
Except perhaps for some
Colored belts or a mix
Of hakama here and there

The uniformity takes away
All your usual camouflage
You are left exposed
There to be hammered into
Something better, something new

Sometimes the experience
Is not pleasant, not easy
But that's why you are there
A true Way is never easy
Or pleasant -- it just is
One important detail after another
Forging, sculpting, taking
Away all the useless chaff
To reveal who and what
You truly are

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In General Color Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #142 New 12-21-2014 05:41 PM

What is the color of truth?
The color of beauty?
What is the color of grace?
Are my eyes capable of seeing
Seeing such, such things?
Or, do I need god-sight?

Yet, there are times, times
When surprisingly, my earthly eyes
See all the splendor there is

Because it is there, all there
All around me, and inside me
These times I cry, I cry
I raise my head and tears stream down
And I see all the colors,
All the splendid colors there are

Views: 305

In General Suffering Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #141 New 12-14-2014 07:49 PM

Life involves suffering
The spiritual path involves suffering
Does it therefore follow that
Life, itself, is automatically
A spiritual path?
Need we do nothing more
Than suffer to attain enlightenment?

The whole world itself appears
To be in its own agony
Why isn't the world then, enlightened?
Perhaps suffering is only the beginning
A wake-up call that something needs doing
That things need to change

Change starts with the individual
Changing the I-Me-Mine paradigm
Our own ignorance of our
Deepest cravings and desires
Becoming aware and following
The eightfold path out of suffering
Following the Middle Way
Providing a liberation
That leads to joy

Views: 325

In General The Sword Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #140 New 12-07-2014 05:15 PM
The Sword

The sword --
Considering its purpose
A blade of terrible beauty
Yes, but without the swordsman
It is just a piece of pretty metal
Inert, lifeless...

The sword itself is just one piece
One piece of a larger whole:
Ki, ken, tai -- spirit, sword, body
A gestalt that makes simple metal,
Elegantly beautiful as it may be,

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In General Hard Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #139 New 11-30-2014 03:56 PM

The mat was hard, thin
Underneath -- a concrete slab
No spring, no bounce
Proper form, correct technique
Were the only things that helped
Breathe out -- slam, slam, slam
Think light, think light...!
Even my hands got bruised
Fingers tingling each time
Each time I slapped that mat
Damn, good practice!

Views: 322

In General Rainfall Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #138 New 11-23-2014 04:24 PM

Understanding or not
The rain falls on all
Under heaven
Open your inner eye

And accept the wetness
Otherwise you will be
Just a wet rock
Without understanding

And, don't even mention
An umbrella!

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In General Thin Places Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #137 New 11-16-2014 04:10 PM
Thin Places

Thin places
Thin spaces
At times, at times
Thin times
When heaven and earth
The immaterial and material
Are so transparent
That the separation
Of the transcendental -
The mystical, and
The empirical and physical
Is banished
Where all the border spaces
And unity prevails
At the borderlands of solitude
Where we sometimes inhabit
Those thin places
That are all around us
If we but look and see and feel

Views: 360

In General Veteran Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #136 New 11-09-2014 01:34 PM

When they see a flag
They have a gut reaction
Instinctive and strong
Knowing from direct experience
What that symbol means
And the sacrifices
Sometimes required
To keep it flying

They roll on wheelchairs
They limp on prosthetic legs
Their minds, well their minds
Could use some relief
Sometimes, though many
They are just fine, too
Bodies and minds intact
Nothing but strong memories

Whatever their condition
Coming home is a joy
But not always easy
Not everyone understands
And reintegration can be hard
But, as they was taught:
Hard gets done
That's why they bear the title proudly -


Tuesday is Veterans Day, so please give a nod and a thanks to all our veterans out there.
Views: 380

In General Where Courage Ends Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #135 New 11-02-2014 03:08 PM
Where Courage Ends

There is a place
Where courage ends
And madness takes over
Sheer battle-madness
That counts survival
As the only goal
Savagery taking hold
And not letting go
Till you die, or
Your opponent dies
No quarter, no favor
Yet, within this hell
And terror lies joy!

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