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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 PM
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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 Dust of Dreams Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #205 New 02-28-2016 02:19 PM
Dust of Dreams


I hear the temple bells' echoes
Already fading, fading....
And see the colors of the flowers
With beautiful, fragile butterflies
Cavorting in their midst's
I feel the wind on my face
Carrying falling leaves
And see the sun arcing across
A sky soon to be inhabited
By a waning moon and
A River of Stars
I enter a cool, running stream
And watch as it flows
Around me and past me
To - somewhere...
Around a bend covered in shadows
I look inside myself
And see twinkling, effervescent
Thoughts, emotions, sensations
Come and go, come and go
I come across ancient ruins
Once others' dreams
Is this all a dream - no more?
Transitory illusions?
That same wind that caressed
My upturned face
Also carries the dust of dreams



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In General Invisible Hands Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #204 New 02-21-2016 03:02 PM
Invisible Hands


Sitting in zazen
Waiting, patiently
Then it happens
As though invisible hands
Are guiding me onto my path
The waters of immortal life
All around me
I sip and move on
The path/not-path clear
Then, up ahead, mist forms
And I return to my zafu
Rested and also frustrated
Why do I have to return
At all?



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In General Mind the Gap Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #203 New 02-14-2016 05:30 PM
Mind the Gap


Unification and separation
The separation we all experience
The unification, some yearn for
To become one with all -
But, what does that mean, anyway?
In aikido we practice, practice
With each practice we are told
Told to blend, to move in harmony
Become one with our uke
Applying our technique
With one, instead of to one (other)
So, I watch myself watching myself
Watching myself....well, you get it
A fragmentation without apparent end
So, during aikido practice
I tell myself, as they say in Britain,
Mind the gap - such an apropos phrase
I mind that gap of self and experience
Till the gap narrows, narrows
And self and experience become one
No thought, totally one with everything
However brief that moment lasts -
Only known after it is over
However, achievement and acquisition
Cannot be the goal - there is no goal
Practice, practice, practice...
Direct knowing and experiencing -
All without that pesky witness
Happens when it happens
Pay attention, pay attention
And, mind that gap...



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In General Common Vibration Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #202 New 02-07-2016 06:23 PM
Common Vibration


Sometimes I achieve clarity
Certainly an altered state
Not often, unpredictably
But when it happens
I am grateful
I get to see past the curtain
If only for a moment
And realize, looking back
That there is no curtain
Like a full moon
Behind the clouds
Always there
Just obscured by a few
Insubstantial shades
Easily dispersed
Revealing everything
I try to carry these moments
With me, especially in dark times
I just wish I could do this at will
But, I have to settle
For these few, far between moments
When the curtain disappears
And I can see the world and myself
Clearly, and feel the common vibration
That unifies everything



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In General Silent Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #201 New 01-31-2016 06:19 PM
Silent Night


It was a silent night in the dojo
The only sounds to be heard
Were the grunts of effort
The thuds and slaps
Of aikidoka bodies striking the mat
And the quiet growl of suffering




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In General Distortions Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #200 New 01-24-2016 07:51 PM
Distortions


If I am unfortunate enough
I could have all my questions answered
No more tormented dreams
My quest would then be over

Would I then stand there frozen
One with an all-knowing god?
Fixed to reality, as a museum insect
Pinned to a display rack

Watching my reflection
From a window distorted by rain
I thank that unknown god
For all my limitations



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Views: 186


In General Enso Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #199 New 01-17-2016 05:47 PM
Enso


Tilting the whiskey bottle
Up to my thirsty lips
The last dregs trickle
Down a throat long parched
Looking down inside
The long empty bottle
The bottom looks back
I see the enso at its base
Telling me that I have found
The nothingness I have
Always looked for




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In General I am the Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #198 New 01-10-2016 06:43 PM
I am the Buddha


I am the Buddha
And I die
This is change
This is natural
I lie down
And I die
No miracle happens
I die
And the world goes on
Side by side with death
As always



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In General Rank & Acclaim Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #197 New 01-03-2016 07:10 PM
Rank & Acclaim


He moved
Hesitantly and slowly

Once weekly attendance
With occasional seminars

And twenty years of struggle
Still not enough

To achieve intuitive knowledge
And fluidity of movement

Still, rank and acclaim
Were not his goals

He had a lifetime
And the journey was enough



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In General Shogatsu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #196 New 12-31-2015 06:37 PM
Shogatsu


It is hard to miss
The toll of the bells
Though I gotta admit
I tend to lose count
Does this mean my prior
Years' sins are not forgiven?
Best I can do is not
Choke on my mochi
After all that sake
And sweet amazake
The night before on
Omisoka - New Year's Eve
Still my first sunrise --
Hatsuhinode, should be
Something, as should be
Hatsugeiko -- my first
Aikido practice later that day
Traditionally, we usually toss
Each other 108 times, though I
Tend to lose count here too
Guess I'm destined to carry
My sins forward, as usual




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