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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: 308
Comments: 66
Views: 296,543

In General At Peace Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #278 New 07-30-2017 01:28 AM
At Peace

Though I have suffered
The moon is rising
And I am at peace

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In General Mystery Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #277 New 07-22-2017 09:47 PM

There is a mystery to life
An uncertainty, with many unknowns
We try to plan, to predict
And sometimes, we get lucky
But, for the most part we don't
So we come up with ideas
Ideas like fate, destiny, karma,
Or, God's will, god's plan
Some kind of explanation
Beyond the fact that life
Life is just this way - mysterious
But, some would hijack this mystery
This honest mystery and create
A belief in supernatural entities
The gods did this, God did that
Then wrap around this god-belief
Some kind of religious trapping
That then traps people's minds and bodies

We are all looking for some kind of
Self-fulfillment, some meaning
To our lives and the world around us
But, if you can accept the unknown
Accept that the universe has mysteries
Mysteries that aren't supernatural
Mysteries that can slowly be explained
Or, perhaps not....at least, not now
Still, we can look at the world and marvel
We can look at the world and cry
We can look at this world of pain and joy
And have faith - faith in ourselves
Life is billions of temporal paths
All leading into a future
That does not have any perceived clarity
But that does not mean we should
Abdicate our ability to think and reason
They say that if God does not exist
Then we would have to invent him
To explain the mystery and give us comfort
I find comfort in good, intelligent people!
And the mystery, remains just that

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In General Light Bringer Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #276 New 07-16-2017 01:28 AM
Light Bringer

I turn my back on angels
Who the fuck needs them?
Needs such righteousness, such purity
I look to demons, sinners
Those who are fallen, like me
To them I can relate to
Remember, the Light Bringer
Came to us, came to us
Perhaps, even he couldn't stand
The uptight stink of heaven

Views: 226

In General Sitting in a Bar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #275 New 07-08-2017 03:21 PM
Sitting in a Bar

Sitting in a bar
On the north side of Chicago
Watching people, thinking
I can almost grasp it, almost
It's there, tantalizingly so - almost!
An real existential moment
(I get a lot of those in bars!)
What does it all mean?
We go about our business
Working, doing stuff....
Seeking some sort of connection
But, is there more? Has to be!

I now sit in another bar
A thousand years from now
On a distant space station
Orbiting a majestic gas giant
Thinking the same thoughts -
We have since discovered god
And asked him to give humanity a break
He's been so busy catching up
With the ever exploding multiverse, anyway
But we still search for true meaning -
The bartender keeps them coming
A very retro bar - a human bartender!
Sgt. Pepper plays in the background
Did I say retro?

Maybe in another thousand years
We will have it all figured out??
Later I will take in some
Low gravity Aikido practice
Watching through massive screens
The swirl of fantastic, fast moving gases
In the gas giant below
As nage and uke go round and round
Seeking a union as tantalizingly ephemeral
As that which we have all searched for
Since our mortal creation

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In General Eve of Deconstruction Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #274 New 07-01-2017 06:44 PM
Eve of Deconstruction

And tell me
Over and over and over and over again my friend
You don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction
Mmm, no, no, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction

All the Bannons are a flyin'
All the signs are a pointin', pointin'
Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?
If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you boy
It's bound to scare you boy
Look whose finger is on the button, boy
Look whose finger is on the button!

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction

Look at all the politicians a plottin'
Look at Putin come a knockin'
The American infrastructure deconstructin'
Look at all the cabinet choices
Look at all the scandals explodin'
Look at all the Tweetin', my boy
Yeah my blood's so mad feels like coagulatin'
I'm sitting here just contemplatin'
I can't twist the truth it knows no regulation
Handful of senators don't pass good legislation
And marches alone can't bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin'
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of deconstruction!

Have a good 4th of July......and,
With apologies to Barry McGuire
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In General God Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #273 New 06-24-2017 07:52 PM

God visited me tonight
He came out of the night sky
A blazing span of stars and nebulae
He came dressed in tenuous clouds
Drifting in pulse-beat with the spheres
He came with the ocean reflecting
The splendor of the heavens
The ebb and flow of the waters
In counterpoint to the drifting clouds
He came into my own eyes
And found his way into my soul
Where my each and every breath
Measured themselves in cosmic time

Views: 249

In General Color of Your Mind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #272 New 06-17-2017 08:37 PM
Color of Your Mind

Learn about life from life
About death from death
Direct experience
Is the best experience
Do not ponder overlong
Minimize that distance
Between self and object
Then the essential nature
Is revealed
So, kiss the wind
Cry with the rain
Walk the earth
Smell the blossoms
Caress your own tombstone
The color of your mind
Should be the same as that
Which you perceive

Views: 256

In General Trust the Wind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #271 New 06-11-2017 04:07 PM
Trust the Wind

Flow and harmony
Are usually lacking in life
In general, Chaos
Makes us afraid
Makes us unsure
But, trust the wind
Trust its essence
And make it your own

Views: 266

In General A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #270 New 06-05-2017 05:54 PM

People and palaces
Mountains and rivers
All erode over time
But the teaching remains

Kilworth Chapel
University of Puget Sound
A gathering, a remembrance
A commemoration of a life
But mostly, a celebration
Of a very special life!
Solemn, respectful, beautiful,
But, full of joy, also!

The chanting, the chanting
The Heart Sutra - The Heart of the
Perfection of Understanding

Something we can all meditate on
Feeling so familiar and soothing
Deep, flowing, harmonious...
The drum, beating in counterpoint
Occasionally, a bell ringing
All blending into a comforting whole
Resonating within the congregation

Life is but a brush of wind
Lightly felt upon the world
So goes an old Chinese saying
But, not so some lives
Chiba Sensei left his mark
In his family, his friends,
His organization, his art,
And in all his students

His life was more like a rock
Thrown into life's pond
With ripples expanding out and out
In ever increasing waves
With each of his loved ones
And all his students over the years
Creating their own ripples, ripples
A continuation of a heritage and a legacy
Beyond one mere mortal life

... but a brush of wind...?
Not so...unless that wind
Was a hurricane!

Summer Camp...
As gi and hakama flow
A gathering of hearts!

Views: 303

In General Broken Barriers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #269 New 06-04-2017 05:18 PM
Broken Barriers

Once the barriers are broken
And the hinges smashed
You look back and see
That there was no need for violence
For the gate was always open

Views: 267

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