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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: 280
Comments: 66
Views: 265,468

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: 1035

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: 918

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: 1041

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: 949

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: 854

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: 872

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: 903

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: 938

In General My Calligraphy Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #232 New 09-04-2016 04:44 PM
My Calligraphy

My calligraphy is poor
It shows hesitation, indecision
It lacks poise, precision,
It lacks boldness, flow, clarity
Hell, it just lacks!
But, I sit, I breathe
I take up brush and ink
And delve once more
Into my deficiencies

Views: 923

In General Writing Poetry Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #231 New 08-28-2016 05:01 PM
Writing Poetry

When you write poetry
Everything talks to you
The wind, the trees, flowers,
Traffic on city streets
The moon takes on a new life
Especially internally
Even ordinary existence
Is full of non-ordinariness
A stone by the side of the road
Tells me many stories
The true nature of things
Is partly revealed...But...
The common world
Still confuses me
Meaning still eludes me
But, even this, I write about

Views: 957

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