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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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Entries: 301
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In General The Right Word Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #181 New 09-20-2015 04:13 PM
The Right Word

The power of the right word
Rightly, properly, perfectly used
Capturing the moment just right

Yet, the real experience
Is surely beyond mere words
Beyond the reasoned architecture
Of the poem's structure

Words are simply the pointing finger
To the authentic experience
Ame furaba fure, kaze fukaba*


*Quoted from the Zen Monk Ikkyu Sojun:
If it rains, let it rain; if the wind blows, let it blow

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In General Chaoskampf Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #180 New 09-13-2015 05:17 PM

Order and chaos
Fight for supremacy
As above, so below
My personal struggle
Reflected in the world

I sit in seiza
The battle raging within
Forces clashing
But, all things
come out of chaos

Primal Chaos is the
Father and mother of all
So, I relax and let
Turmoil have its way
Trusting that the struggle -

My own Chaoskampf
Is as it should be
My natural state
My primordial ylem
Birthing its own cosmic egg

Views: 392

In General Forbidden to Speak Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #179 New 09-06-2015 05:11 PM
Forbidden to Speak

I am not forbidden to speak
But, to say more would be a sacrilege
So, I sit quietly, watching, watching
Flowers swaying in the breeze
Insects plying their nature
A blue sky, with fragrant clouds
Drifting in a cool, gentle wind
I am not forbidden to speak
I just don't

Views: 339

In General Haiku Country Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #178 New 08-30-2015 06:24 PM
Haiku Country

Mountains, forests, lakes,
Rivers, lost pathways,
A bright moon glimpsed
Through passing clouds
This is haiku country,
Someone said
Which said it all

Views: 284

In General I Bare My Soul Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #177 New 08-23-2015 05:28 PM
I Bare My Soul

I bare my soul to the moon
Its silent, silver light
Penetrating where the sun cannot
The night's shadows I do not fear
I have given my heart to the night
Silvered light and shadowy shadows
Illuminate who and what I am
The splintered landscape is home
And, I walk it honestly and unafraid
A seeker after emptiness, darkness
I bare my soul to the moon
And scream!

Views: 317

In General Ah! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #176 New 08-16-2015 05:14 PM

I watch the blossom
Swaying in the early breeze
Highlighted by the morning light
Captured by its beauty
Its color and scent
The touch of the wind
And the light
Also touching me
We share the same moment
While I may last a flicker longer
We are both fated to disappear
Still, the fleeting moment, the moment
Both remains and passes
On into the next
And into the vast emptiness
Of the eternal

Views: 364

In General No Masters Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #175 New 08-09-2015 08:45 PM
No Masters

We all follow the forms
All very proper and correct
Do this. Do that. Now this.
No, this way, that's it!
But, what is truly important
Does not appear in form

Train hard, train long
And, with proper instruction
And insight, you just might get it
But, today, some say,
There are no Masters left
To train us in the proper Way

Views: 375

In General Along the Path Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #174 New 08-02-2015 07:19 PM
Along the Path

To die along the path
Is everyone's destiny
We all end in dust
With every season
One encounters the
Temporality of life
Old wounds, physical
And of the soul
Become more and
More pronounced
But, continue we must
Till the path, the path
Narrows so much
So that even we, even we
Can't continue

Views: 340

In General A Celebration of Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #173 New 07-22-2015 08:43 PM
A Celebration of Life

People and palaces
Mountains and rivers
All erode over time
But the teaching remains

Kilworth Chapel
University of Puget Sound
A gathering, a remembrance
A commemoration of a life
But mostly, a celebration
Of a very special life!
Solemn, respectful, beautiful,
But, full of joy, also!

The chanting, the chanting
The Heart Sutra - The Heart of the
Perfection of Understanding

Something we can all meditate on
Feeling so familiar and soothing
Deep, flowing, harmonious...
The drum, beating in counterpoint
Occasionally, a bell ringing
All blending into a comforting whole
Resonating within the congregation

Life is but a brush of wind
Lightly felt upon the world
So goes an old Chinese saying
But, not so some lives
Chiba Sensei left his mark
In his family, his friends,
His organization, his art,
And in all his students

His life was more like a rock
Thrown into life's pond
With ripples expanding out and out
In ever increasing waves
With each of his loved ones
And all his students over the years
Creating their own ripples, ripples
A continuation of a heritage and a legacy
Beyond one mere mortal life

... but a brush of wind...?
Not so...unless that wind
Was a hurricane!

Summer Camp...
As gi and hakama flow
A gathering of hearts!

In memory of Chiba Sensei...
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In General Movement in Stillness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #172 New 07-12-2015 04:30 PM
Movement in Stillness

The choreography
Oh, so apparent
But, inside, inside
That movement
So hard to discern
So hard to see
A continuous cycle
A movement in stillness

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