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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, 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: 267
Comments: 66
Views: 250,180

In General Jisei Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #227 New 07-31-2016 05:40 PM
Jisei


Even the sun, the full moon
Are eventually overcome by death
Why should my fate be different?




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In General Only the Frogs Cried Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #226 New 07-24-2016 06:34 PM
Only the Frogs Cried


As saintly as he was
He ate, he shat, he bled,
He pissed in the night
Young women brought him
Delight and trouble...
Mosquitoes whined in glee
When he sat under a full moon
Frozen icicles hung from him
In the winter
Sweat steamed from him
In the summer
Still, he harmed no one
And brought joy and comfort to some
In the shadow and shade
Of the ginkgo tree's
Whispering leaves - he died
Only the frogs cried




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In General Once Again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #225 New 07-17-2016 04:57 PM
Once Again


The moon visited me tonight
It was full, bright, and lovely
It gently came down
And entered my soul
The glow was exquisite
We conversed for awhile
But, it couldn't stay
I knew this, but still I cried
When it left me in the dark
Once again...




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In General The Easy Way Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #224 New 07-10-2016 08:26 PM
The Easy Way


The Easy Way
Such is my Way
It involves little deprivation
I enjoy drink, women, food
I sleep comfortably
I've never seen a Bodhi tree
I am involved in the world
People tell me that nirvana
Nirvana is not reached this way
Where is my discipline, my sacrifice?
What can I say?
My Way is the Way of Sensation
I am of this world
I am in this world
I am this world
If I ever touch god
I will use all my senses
I will need all my senses
If my Way is seen as easy
It is because it is
Seeking god should not be hard
God is all around us, in us
So, I live a natural, mindful life
Exploring the thing that is me
The world that is me
Traveling my easy path
As long as I can
Towards heaven



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Views: 600


In General Agony & Ecstasy Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #223 New 07-03-2016 04:46 PM
Agony & Ecstasy


My spirit thirsts for the infinite,
For the eternal, for the sacred
Where self and not-self meet
Meet in that blinding clash
Of agony and ecstasy
And what is left
Inhales and exhales the universe




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In General Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #222 New 06-26-2016 08:09 PM
Practice


The mat seems harder today
My body perhaps a little more stiff
A little less responsive
But, the bell rings - thrice
And we bow, and we start
How many years has it been?
How many different faces
Have I bowed to over the years?
No matter
We are all here for the same reason -
Practice - so, let us begin...



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In General Sweat & Struggle Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #221 New 06-19-2016 02:52 PM
Sweat & Struggle


Though I move
And sweat and struggle
My efforts produce little
So, I try again, and again
Day after day, month after month
Year after year, decade after decade
Gis come and go, as do hakama
Weapons sliver and sometimes break
If achievement is my goal
I am in serious trouble



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Views: 203


In General Wet Leaf Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #220 New 06-12-2016 04:21 PM
Wet Leaf


I am a wet leaf
Clinging to the door
A door heavily barred
Against a chill
Not entirely nature made
Still, I cling, waiting
Hoping, in desperation
That when the bell tolls in
Tumbling waves of sound
My desperate patience
Will be rewarded



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Views: 184


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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Views: 153


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




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