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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..., 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: 245
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In General Shelter Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #125 New 08-24-2014 04:55 PM

There is a place I go to
Where I can find shelter
Support, relief from suffering
It's not too far away
But, sometimes it is hard
To get to, so hard to get to

So I wait, I wait, I wait
I wait till it is ready
Ready to open, open for me
It can't be forced

I breathe deeply, deeply
Bringing in all my pain
And exhaling it all out
All of it, all of it
In and out, in and out
Till there is nothing left
Nothing left, except my place
My place of shelter

So calm, so peaceful, so close
Yet, sometimes so far
But I wait patiently
For my mind, my heart, my spirit
To come together and let me in
In to my shelter

Views: 389

In General Arrogant or Delusional Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #124 New 08-17-2014 05:21 PM
Arrogant or Delusional

When you speak
Of enlightenment
Of its study
Of its potential
Of you trying to reach it
YOU...every day you!
You can't help but sound
Arrogant or delusional

Views: 438

In General I Sit and Watch Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #123 New 08-10-2014 06:42 PM
I Sit and Watch

I sit and watch
The bright blue sky
Turn dark, lit with stars
The blending of day
Into night - slow blending
And night back into day

I sit and watch
I sit and watch
I sit and watch
This is the important part
The watching
My spectator self

Taking no part in the process
Just observing
A passive spectator
How can this be?
Am I not part of this world?
An integral part?

Does not my body
Resonate in harmony
With all in the world?
So, when I sit and watch
Does not the world
Watch back?

Views: 429

In General The Far Side Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #122 New 08-03-2014 03:53 PM
The Far Side

On the other side
The far side
Of fear, discomfort, and pain
Is a whole new
And different world
That most people don't
Even know exists
But, it is there, habitable
And worthwhile

Sometimes there is
A satisfaction, if not pleasure
In this fear, discomfort, and pain
And, as you look back
At your old self
And at other people
They seem to move
In soft, slow motion
And without authentic life

Views: 433

In General Pub Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #121 New 07-27-2014 02:47 PM
Pub Night

Pub night
At Summer Camp
Winding down
After a hard day of
Training, practice, practice,
Sweat-soaked practice
Suwari waza, tachi waza,
Weapons waza…
D-J, music, dancing
Beer and snacks
Under the awnings
Tall pines, shadows
In the dark
Red-headed she-devil
In a gold lamé hakama
Conversations way into
The night…
Early morning
Back on the mat!

Views: 386

In General Hajime! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #120 New 07-14-2014 02:51 PM

So many years now
The years, decades
Roll on by
Seems like forever
And like only yesterday
Hajime! -- I begin
I began -- I become
I am becoming
Each day the anxious focus
The focus on all the details
All the small, important details
Trying to get them right
The movements, the forms
The techniques, the kata
All the practices, all the sweat
All the pain, frustration, joy
Everything beginning afresh each day
Hajime! -- I begin, I began, I become
I am becoming.....
But, enzan -- the far mountain
Appears no closer

Views: 316

In General The Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #119 New 07-06-2014 02:35 PM
The Dojo

The dojo...
A training hall
A place of the Way -
For outsiders a place
Of mystery and promise
The mystery and promise
Of hidden and esoteric
Mystical Eastern knowledge
Of cryptic commands
Uttered in strange tongues
Of information shared only
With those considered worthy

But, stay awhile
The mystery slowly disappears
And what remains is hard work
Sweat, burning lungs and muscles
Fear, surprise, frustration, and, pain
Oh, yes, lots and lots of pain
Sometimes the mat is so cold
Your feet cramp and your gi
Chills your body -- at first
Sometimes, your gi is sweat-loaded
Even as you first put it on
But, the promise remains
That promise of connection
And mastery -- mastery of an art
And of yourself...

So, you stay, and stay
And, sometimes, looking back
You see yourself, looking back
Nodding, bowing, in acceptance
And in gratitude
That the Way continues
Continues on in a place -
A dojo, built for that very purpose
A place of exploration, and definitely
A place of mystery and promise
But the mystery, as is the promise
Is in you...

Views: 534

In General Nothing is Possible Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #118 New 06-29-2014 09:38 PM
Nothing is Possible

In the darkness
I close my eyes
And see everything

Here I sit
Embracing the darkness
Fear is a distant sensation
The void is all around
Finally I see, finally...
Nothing does work
Nothing does matter
Nothing is possible
And it is here, right here
All this time...
Nothing is all around me
And in me - Nothing

Views: 639

In General Going First Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #117 New 06-22-2014 06:07 PM
Going First

Going first
I move into uke's space
An atemi to the face
Occupies his attention
An ura move and I am
Into his blind spot
From there I have
My choice of techniques
No go-no-sen for me
I always go first

Views: 479

In General Reishiki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #116 New 06-15-2014 04:03 PM

Reishiki -- etiquette
As ephemeral as reishi -
Spirit particles
But, just as necessary
To the art as kata or randori

Respect, courtesy, honor
The very spirit behind
What we practice
Without these attributes
We are just thugs

Practicing ways to
Kill and maim each other
Reishiki gives us pause
A bow, a nod, an acknowledgement
That we enter into a mutually

Agreed upon quest, a path
With a certain risk and reward
But, also with a certain trust
A trust that is recognized
In that brief bow, that brief nod

That however hard we practice
We do so under the banner
Of etiquette -- actualizing
The very spirit of the art
Not just the form

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