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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: 286
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Views: 273,623

In General The Crane Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #166 New 05-31-2015 07:33 PM
The Crane

The crane moved
As cranes are wont to move
Slowly, elegantly, precisely
Each step taken with consideration
A delicate grace...
Fujin, the wind god
Brushing the reeds around her
Catching, lifting her wings
Forming a glittering cape

Her quick eye catches me looking
And she stops -- poised
Ready with her tengu wisdom
Should I prove worthy
But, the moment passes
And, once again, she is just a crane
Probing, probing what lies
Just below the surface
As I, inelegantly, also try to do

Views: 315

In General Black Stone Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #165 New 05-24-2015 05:11 PM
Black Stone

I walk the path - slowly
There is no hurry for the dead
My fingers softly brushing,
Trailing along the smooth Wall
Only the many indentations
Of engraved names
Breaking the smoothness
And, artifacts of sorrow
Left in honor and remembrance

I stop, now and again
Reading names, reading names...
Strangely, I always look
For my own name
My own name engraved
In black stone

Perhaps it is my own guilt
And, my own graying reflection
And, the tears, the tears
Always come, always come
The Three Soldiers
(Are they crying, too?)
Seem to follow me as I walk
Back and forth, back and forth
Fingers softly brushing black stone

I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.

Views: 282

In General Beyond the Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #164 New 05-17-2015 07:28 PM
Beyond the Moon

If you could climb over
And step beyond the moon
Would you be any closer to heaven?

The path to heaven
Is measured by desire
Not by linear distance or direction

Our longing is the most direct route
Up, down, back, front...
All irrelevant

Look at what you love
Embrace this love fully
And you are already there

Views: 355

In General Way of Dying Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #163 New 05-10-2015 07:32 PM
Way of Dying

As we are all dying
Slowly, each and every day
(Well, some do die more quickly)
Should there not
Be a Way for something
As important as this?
A Way to guide us
Through this life-long process
Particularly in a time
Of peace and prosperity
Where a martial code mindset
May no longer apply
Some say that bushido
Is this Way

A Way to live in expectation
Of death at any moment
Actually, to live as one
Already dead
Is there another Way?
I prefer a Way of Dying
While navigating through life
And certainly recognizing death
But, preparing one to live, not die
A Hagakure for life, for today
Joyously each and every day

Views: 509

In General Shape Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #162 New 05-03-2015 06:08 PM

Shape structures space
Shape contains space
Shape actualizes space
Shape mobilizes space
Space is what is not there
What is not there
Provides purpose for what is

When I move into your space
I capture the container --
Your form
And bring it into the shape
Of my space -
Contained in my form
Two become one
Unity is complete
As is resolution

Control space and
You control form
Control form and
You control space
The shape of an attack
Provides its own solution
As nage and uke create
A brand new shape

Views: 425

In General Burden of Self Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #161 New 04-26-2015 07:04 PM
Burden of Self

Beware your burden of self
It can block your progress
Forget who you are
And that you are

Focus but do not fight
Let something pass into nothing
And follow that nothing
Back to something

Views: 508

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: 395

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: 463

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: 589

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: 504

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