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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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Status: Public
Entries: 272
Comments: 66
Views: 256,441

In General Blue Cliff Record Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #242 New 11-13-2016 03:29 PM
Blue Cliff Record

Reading The Blue Cliff Record
Sometimes I get a glimmer
Just a faint glimmer
Of understanding
Then it disappears
But, then, I've been reading
It for years, years
And still not finished
Perhaps there is still time

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In General Living Collaboratively Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #241 New 11-06-2016 12:07 AM
I was recently at a weekend seminar at Kyoseikan Dojo, in Grand Rapids, MI. The training and practice were just great, plus we had shodan, sandan, and yondan testing, which was fascinating to watch. Thankfully, everyone passed. We also had promotions presented and Lizzy Lynn, Shihan, flew in from California to share her deep wisdom. A very good weekend. I was also asked to write a poem commemorating this event. This is my attempt to give a great seminar its due. Hopefully, I got some of it right:

Living Collaboratively

I want to touch
The rings of Saturn
I want to float
Through interstellar stardust
Another more practical option
Was a recent weekend
Celebrating ten years
Of living collaboratively
With teachers, students,
And community - Aikidoka
Training with heart and intent
Successfully testing to limits
Nages and ukes leaving
Little on the mat
A large cricket attacking guests
With doleful looks and demands
For lots of belly-rubs
An anniversary, birthday, testing
Promotions, grand weather
All great reasons to share
A mutual gathering of like minds
Two wooden posts - a hard reminder
That ten-directional eyes
Is more than just a weird saying!
A visiting west coast master
Such were all the ingredients
For another great seminar
At Kyoseikan Dojo
Where tradition meets community

Views: 1050

In General Binder of Demons Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #240 New 10-29-2016 11:32 PM
Binder of Demons

As I practice
Out of the corner of my eye
I catch your statue
Fudo Myo-o
Binder of demons
Tucked neatly, reverently
In the kamiza
Following my every move

Burn off my anger
Purify my mind
Let Kurikara cut
Cleanly through my ignorance
Let my spirit be immovable
All my demons -
My limitations and my needs
I think all these thoughts
As I practice and train

I cycle through partner after partner
I throw or pin
Then, it is done to me
Again and again
Years go by, decades
Always, I watch fierce
Fudo Myo-o
Binder of demons
Hoping for a little compassion

Views: 999

In General Flawless Pond Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #239 New 10-22-2016 10:33 PM
Flawless Pond

Slowly following the stream of his words
I entered the pond of his understanding
Clear, deep, immersing myself
Hoping they would lead me
Lead me to fathom his meaning
But to know true meaning
To have my own understanding
I have to create my own flawless pond

Views: 892

In General The Smell of Shit Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #238 New 10-16-2016 12:02 AM
The Smell of Shit

The smell and taste of shit
Is obvious and overwhelming
Yet, all some can see
Is the jeweled receptacle
It comes in

Views: 1023

In General Simple Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #237 New 10-08-2016 11:37 PM
Simple Practice

Simple practice
I show up and sweat
Partner after partner
Technique after technique
We all go through the motions
Nage, uke, uke, nage...
Time after time
Simple practice
Perhaps that is the problem
Simple practice

Views: 932

In General Blackness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #236 New 10-01-2016 11:45 PM

The blackness all around
Screamed at me

While my own voice
Turned a feeble white in death

Views: 836

In General Even As They Ask Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #235 New 09-25-2016 10:51 AM
Even As They Ask

Even as they ask, they teach
I paused, the kyu rank's question
Momentarily halting the flow
The explanation required thought
And as I thought, I learned
I bowed in gratitude

Views: 862

In General Even His Equal Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #234 New 09-18-2016 01:40 PM
Even His Equal

My teacher said
That he was teaching me
To be better than he was
That it was his duty
To progress the art this way
Not all feel this way
Some hold back
So I hated to disappoint him
But my art could never
Never be even his equal
Never mind superior

Views: 897

In General Bonsai Soul Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #233 New 09-11-2016 02:31 PM
Bonsai Soul

My bonsai soul
Pruned, sculptured,
Shaped by life
And deep soul-winds
Sometimes brutally
Sometimes gently
A continuing process

Sometimes, sometimes
I lend a hand
When I can
But, mostly, mostly, I am
Only an observer
Watching my bonsai soul
Take shape

Views: 913

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