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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..., 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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In General Excellence In Obscurity Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #219 New 06-05-2016 06:40 PM
Excellence In Obscurity

In obscurity
At small dojos
All over the world
We show up and train

No one makes us do this
In fact, we pay for the privilege
But, every day, we sweat
We sweat some more
We struggle, we bleed
We practice, we fight others
But, mostly, we fight ourselves

The years go by
No limelight
No roaring crowds
And still we train

In small, quiet dojos
All over the world
We pursue excellence
In obscurity

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In General Bright Heart Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #218 New 05-29-2016 03:03 PM
Bright Heart

I miss his bright heart
May he rest under the west tree
And reach the far shore in peace

Views: 98

In General Perfect Understanding Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #217 New 05-22-2016 04:27 PM
Perfect Understanding

When I look at people
When I look at situations
When I look deep inside myself
My understanding is perfect
I understand that
I am a perfect idiot!

Views: 116

In General Talk to Me! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #216 New 05-15-2016 04:59 PM
Talk to Me!

Talk to me
Let us have a dialogue
An intimate conversation
Touch me!
Attack me!
Ah, data, information...
One is now two
Two talk - move
Two are becoming one - again
Talk some more
The dialogue intensifies!
My body converses
With my mind, my spirit
I converse with yours
I move - you move
We move...
Come - talk with me!

Views: 179

In General You Can't See It Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #215 New 05-08-2016 05:14 PM
You Can't See It

You can't see it
But inside, my body burns
Low embers fanned to life

Inside I glow
I move in harmony
With my own body

I see and feel connected
To others, to the world
Hard practice does this
Focus, effort, sweat, clarity

My eyes radiate joy
You can't see it
But inside, my body burns

Views: 451

In General Within Reach Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #214 New 05-01-2016 04:42 PM
Within Reach

You can stare into the abyss
And deny its existence
Or, you can look and feel
The normal fear it brings forth
But, still ready to take that leap
That leap from which there is no return
Where you exit from the other side

Either a broken person, mind shattered
Or, you emerge greater than before
Mind sound and soul enraptured
Looking back at the abyss
As though at a small puddle you needed to cross
To reach this far shore where light and joy inhabit
And God is finally within reach

Views: 1963

In General The Sound of Silence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #213 New 04-24-2016 05:20 PM
The Sound of Silence

For some
The sound of silence
Is an oxymoron
A nonsensical phrase
That connotes a negative
Why won't you say something?
We never talk anymore!
It's so quiet in here -
Implying more noise
Is a more preferable state
Granted verbal communication
Can be a good thing
But, silence, silence
Is also a natural language
Be quiet now - listen
Find a quiet spot - listen
Settle yourself - listen
A profound silence can follow
Listen - silence has a vastness
And, if you listen very closely
Sometime, sometimes
You can hear faint whispers
From far away - far away
God hears your silence
And approaches

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In General No Masters Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #212 New 04-17-2016 01:07 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
Or, even in technique

Train hard, train long
And, with proper instruction
And insight, you just might get it
But, today, some say,
No one does, so
How can these times
Produce Masters?

Views: 2579

In General Hatband Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #211 New 04-10-2016 01:09 PM

My hatband says:
I travel with the Buddha
But, do I, really?


In response to some questions as to the meaning of "Hatband" here: In ancient Japan, it was customary for travelers to wear inscribed hatbands saying they traveled with the Buddha to reduce the hazards of travel.
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In General Now Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #210 New 04-03-2016 07:16 PM

I'm supposed to focus
On the moment
Be in the moment
On the NOW -
The ever-present NOW
To see, hear, feel, taste
Just smell this NOW
To just be
But, I don't want to!
My NOW just sucks
Pain, suffering - no end!
This NOW I just want
To avoid - please!
I have no future
So, I'd prefer to focus
Focus on the past
On the good times
On how we met
How we loved
All the feelings of those NOWS!
Anything to take me from
THIS fucking NOW!
I close my eyes
And go back, way back
Before the pain
Before the screaming
That NOW I can deal with
You take my hand
Brushing away my tears
And walk with me
Holding me, holding me
Tightly to THAT now!

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