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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
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Meditations...

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: 121
Comments: 62
Views: 92,138

In General Shadows Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #101 New 03-02-2014 09:05 PM
Shadows


Shadows -- they hide
They obscure
They provide protection
And possibilities
And, they are not
Always apparent

Two sides
Omote and ura
Front and back
The obvious and the hidden
But, shadows, shadows can
Sometimes be so illuminating
And provide a lesson
Beyond the obvious




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In General Keiko Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #100 New 02-23-2014 09:34 PM
Keiko


I move, he moves, I move
Again and again, and again
Though we are doing
Futari keiko - paired practice
It seems as though
I am doing hitori keiko - solo practice
My mind seems detached
Following both our movements
As nage, as uke, as uke, as nage...
Well, you get it...
As both at once...

More of a jukko keiko --
A meditative practice
I calmly watch his feet, his hands
I feel his center and move with it
The koshi-nage feels smooth
The irimi-nage, less so
Still, the flow is all there
I can see it, feel it, follow it
I just have to let it all go
And have faith in my own abilities
And that the center can hold




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In General Khakkhara Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #99 New 02-16-2014 02:01 PM
Khakkhara


My alarm-staff
Lets creatures
And the faithful
Know I am coming
But what good is it
When I don't know
Where I am going?



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In General Mirror Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #98 New 02-09-2014 06:51 PM
Mirror


Truth and beauty
Do I see it in the dojo?
How about harmony?

The dust of everyday life
Accumulates, dirtying
Perceptions, hiding
Nothingness

Each day I brush
The dust
Off my mind

Like the mirror nestled
In the kamiza
I try to reflect truth
And beauty in my actions

In my techniques
But this is an endless task
Requiring constant dusting



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In General Nothing Works Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 02-02-2014 06:46 PM
Nothing Works


Entering the realm
Where nothing matters
Where nothing works
Moving, untouched

Without resistance
Or restraint
I stand behind
My charging enemy



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In General Cutting Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #96 New 01-26-2014 06:34 PM
Cutting


Closing with
My opponent
I raise my ken

And with a clear,
Loud kiai! I cleave
The air, but not
To cut my opponent!

But, rather, to cut
The misunderstanding
Between us




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In General Crushed Opposition Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #95 New 01-19-2014 04:12 PM
Crushed Opposition


In the martial arts
You are usually taught
To use the least amount
Of force necessary
To perform a technique
It's just more efficient
And, still gets the job done

Personally, I'll use as much
Force as I can muster
Too much is better
Than too little, especially
When my life is on the line
Better a crushed opposition
Than a dead PC me



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In General A Future Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #94 New 01-13-2014 04:42 PM
A Future


Here, take this vest,
put it on and go
to that guard post
When it is detonated
you will live
but the enemy will die

But, father, I don't want to
I know better
I'll be killed!
I'm only 9 years old!

A slap! Hard! Knocked to the dirt:

Do as you are told!
You are only a female
with no future
and no other purpose in life

Looking up from the ground,
bruised and bloody:

But, father, I want to live!
I want to be educated!
I want to grow up!
I work all day and night
cleaning our house, cooking,
laboring in the fields,
and caring for the animals
You beat me and give me no thanks!
And now this...
Why can't I have a life?
A future?



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Sorry, perhaps too much NPR...
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In General Go Board Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #93 New 01-12-2014 01:52 PM
Go Board


I look across the
Field of play
At my opponent
Our eyes meeting

The intangible link
That now connects us
Is as strong and real
As steel cable

And forged in the
Same fires
Unbreakable
No turning back

Vision narrowed
Yet, paradoxically
Taking in the universe
The six elements

The five senses
And the mind
Focusing on the moment
I let the universe settle

Around us
Breathing deeply
Thoughts clear
Ki stored and ready

The outcome
Is already there
But still in flux
As I mentally

Watch the Go board
Move itself
The moves too
Ethereal for chess

Following the
Lines of confluence
To their ultimate
Conclusion



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In General Meditation & Murder Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #92 New 01-05-2014 04:03 PM
Meditation & Murder


Meditation and murder
Do they go hand-in-hand?
A mind furnished in shadows
Dark shadows, I close my eyes
Settling down physically
And emotionally, breathing
Breathing deeply, slowly
Gathering my wayward
Angry feelings and thoughts
I watch them, twisting and roiling
Seeking to maintain my attention
Watching them fall away, slowly
Over the edge, still screaming
Other thoughts, feelings come
To replace them, more shadows
Seeking my attention
I sense my steady breathing, distantly
Like a long-distance runner
Settling in for the long haul
Thoughts and feelings come and go
Without clinging
Murder and mayhem
Now seem so long ago
And far away



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