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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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In General Satori Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #151 New 02-15-2015 06:30 PM

Sometimes, that moment
That moment of enlightenment -
Satori, is not the pleasant
If not joyous experience
It is touted to be
It is not always beautiful
And harmonious...

Life as it really is
To see the true nature of things
This can sometimes be a sad
If not a heart-wrenching thing
My eyes looked and saw
And my mind expanded to fit
This new and extensive insight

But inside I quailed
And closed my eyes in pain
Wishing my new realization
My satori would disappear
As quickly as it had arrived

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In General Leaf Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #150 New 02-08-2015 06:27 PM

I bowed
As I entered the dojo
An act symbolizing
The divide between
The physical world
And the spiritual world

Our dojo has a scroll
Describing the dojo
As a sacred space
Where training in the art
Was to be given the respect
It deserved -- and fear, too

A good fear, giving caution
And respect to our partners
And to the techniques practiced
And the weapons used
And to the training hall
That housed all our spirits

A small, red-gold leaf
Rested in the tokonoma
A symbol of the season
And of the transience
Of the moment and our lives
A good reminder, if one were needed

Even the three notes
Struck to begin class
Echoed and disappeared
Entering back into silence
A quiet we all embraced
Even as we attacked each other

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In General Sea & Sky Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #149 New 02-02-2015 11:43 AM
Sea & Sky

The space where
Sea and sky meet
Where heaven and earth connect
That intangible yet obvious place
This is the place where
I try to be, try to move from

Slowing my breathing
Unfocusing my eyes
When he strikes
His space becomes my space
And, we share the same horizon
For a moment...

Views: 196

In General Rising Smoke Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #148 New 01-25-2015 05:16 PM
Rising Smoke

As evocative and fragile
As morning mist

The incense from the
Burning joss sticks

Once again stirring up
Old memories, pulled back

From an age I had long forgotten
And wished not to remember

But, zazen brings what it brings
So, I load a small prayer

Onto the rising smoke
Hoping it will be accepted by heaven

And bring me a measure
Of long sought peace

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In General Existence of Nothing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #147 New 01-18-2015 07:24 PM
Existence of Nothing

When we talk --
No, we actually argue, sometimes
About the existence of nothing
I get so confused
Are we talking about nothing
Or, are we talking about nothing?

I get so lost, feeling the winds
Of some far off place
Touching me, touching me
With gentle reminders
Of my limitations, my limits
Of understanding and capacity

Views: 340 | Comments: 2

In General Bullets for Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #146 New 01-11-2015 07:06 PM
Bullets for Buddha

I sit in zazen
Contemplating my navel
And, the nature of bullets
Wondering what would Buddha do?
What would he do when faced
With a Charlie Hebdo?

Certainly, Je Suis Charlie
Would fit into his world-view
But, is that it? Acceptance?
Nothing more? Passivity?

I much prefer the Taoist maxim
Wu-Wei -- not doing...
Not a passive acceptance, no
But, an active following
Of doing-not-doing
Following -- no, being, a path
That leads to proper outcomes

So, I meditate on this

Views: 362 | Comments: 2

In General Bullets for Islam Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #145 New 01-07-2015 09:00 PM
Bullets for Islam

Bullets, bombs, and curses
I duck and hide, and crawl away
But, those damn curses
Follow me everywhere!
But, it is the bullets and bombs
That hurt and kill
So, as my shield, I write satire
And create cartoons
Not bullet proof, perhaps
But, hopefully, longer lasting

Views: 318

In General NO! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #144 New 01-04-2015 07:33 PM

Can an object have a voice?
Can it seem intelligible, understandable?

The blade, as it swiftly fell towards my head
Seemed intent on screaming a battle-cry

Separate from its master, it screamed:

I parried, moving off line
Giving my answer with my own blade:

Views: 214

In General No Escape Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #143 New 12-28-2014 05:29 PM
No Escape

In a dojo
There is no escape
No place to hide
You leave your civvies
In the locker room
And don special clothes
A gi - everyone the same
Except perhaps for some
Colored belts or a mix
Of hakama here and there

The uniformity takes away
All your usual camouflage
You are left exposed
There to be hammered into
Something better, something new

Sometimes the experience
Is not pleasant, not easy
But that's why you are there
A true Way is never easy
Or pleasant -- it just is
One important detail after another
Forging, sculpting, taking
Away all the useless chaff
To reveal who and what
You truly are

Views: 193

In General Color Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #142 New 12-21-2014 06:41 PM

What is the color of truth?
The color of beauty?
What is the color of grace?
Are my eyes capable of seeing
Seeing such, such things?
Or, do I need god-sight?

Yet, there are times, times
When surprisingly, my earthly eyes
See all the splendor there is

Because it is there, all there
All around me, and inside me
These times I cry, I cry
I raise my head and tears stream down
And I see all the colors,
All the splendid colors there are

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