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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..., 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 Veterans Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #83 New 11-10-2013 05:08 PM
Veterans Day


I get a cup of coffee
Are you a veteran? I'm asked
Why? I ask back
If you are, you get .10c off
your purchase!!!!

They say, smiling
I get this question and offer
At a number of places
I know most folks mean well
They are just reciting
The company slogan
For that particular day
And, maybe, doing a good deed
Some just have no clue
Memorial Day? Veterans Day?
Hell, Valentine's Day?

Few know the difference
Or, even care
But, am I the only one
That finds this demeaning?
I did not serve in our military
To get a few discounts off
Some commercial transactions
Brothers and sisters did not die
Or get maimed for a free coupon!
A Veterans-Day-Sale! sign
Really, really irritates me!
So, shaking my head,
I say, No, not a veteran
And pay my full share
Hoping, one day, every day
Will be a genuine Veterans Day




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In General Alas, Babylon! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #82 New 11-03-2013 04:16 PM
Alas, Babylon!


Alas, Babylon!
For some it is merely
A meaningless phrase
For others it is just a novel
A post-apocalyptic story
Of survival (and hope?)
For still others, it is an
Implementation plan, a sign

A code, a symbol of what
Is to come -- a get-out-
of-Dodge message that
Says: Go! Now! Grab
Your bug-out bag and
All you hold dear, and
Get to someplace safe!
Alas, Babylon!




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In General Everyone Has a Plan Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #81 New 10-27-2013 03:46 PM
Everyone Has a Plan


Everyone has a plan
Till the bullets start flying
Then, taking cover and
Returning fire is sometimes
All that's left
A default Plan B

Back-up is far away
Logistical support
Is, as usual, a distant joke
Still, what doesn't kill you
Makes you stronger, right?
Or, is that a joke, too?

Naturally, there is always retreat
‘Course, the military does not retreat
It does a retrograde redeployment
You don't care what it's called
But getting out of Dodge
Is sometimes the best plan




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In General Peter Principle Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #80 New 10-20-2013 04:20 PM
Peter Principle


The Peter Principle
I watch for it every day
In organizations and people

Even in Aikido
Does it apply in Aikido?
Do people rise to their

Level of incompetence?
Or, because aikidoists, though
Part of a larger organization,

Are seeking personal growth
And development, does this
Exempt them from this principle?

Same rank, different capabilities
Individual, personal growth?
Or, is Peter alive and well?



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In General Stochastic Man Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #79 New 10-13-2013 06:01 PM
Stochastic Man


Uke attacks, strongly
I enter and lead - late!
Uke's balance is not taken
No kuzushi for me!
And, I expose myself to uke's
Counter-attack
I try applying brute force
Argh...! I feel I might as well
Use some random defense
Some Brownian motion
That can't be predicted

But this is kata
Attack and defense in form
No takemusu yet, if ever!
One day, perhaps
My attack and defense
Will be one chance in a lifetime -
Ichi-go ichi-e, unique
And self-generating
I will be a stochastic man
Unpredictable within
The Aikido universe!



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In General Bruised Hands Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #78 New 10-06-2013 05:27 PM
Bruised Hands


Bruised hands
Scared and gnarled
Battered by life
They help build or destroy
They carry the
Weight of weapons
When needed

They carry a babe -
Ever so gently...
They carry my heart
They carry my soul
They carry life and death
Such are my hands
My bruised hands




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In General Sen Sen No Sen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #77 New 09-29-2013 05:30 PM
Sen Sen No Sen


Standing before me
My opponent
Issues unresolved
Sen sen no sen

I move, drawing out his purpose
Breathing in and swallowing
Up his movement
Kidnapping his intent

Inducing him into oneness
Two become one
Guiding us together
To a resolution we both

Can live with:
Masakatsu and agatsu
Correct victory and self-victory
Together, as one



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Views: 450


In General Gokui? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #76 New 09-22-2013 05:17 PM
Gokui?


Does Aikido have any
Gokui, secret principles?
Principles beyond the obvious
Beyond that which is
Usually taught in most
Traditional Aikido dojos?
Such as harmonizing, blending,
Re-directing force by entering,
Leading, and turning ukes' movements
Into an outcome that both
Nage and uke can live with

All this is understood by everyone
From kyu ranks to dan ranks
In various degrees...
Still, is there something more?
How about "aiki"?
This is sometimes heralded
As a "secret hidden in plain sight"
Anything else?
Something that high-level practitioners
Can apply in dire situations?
Or, is Aikido, simply Aikido?




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In General Don't Touch Me! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #75 New 09-15-2013 05:27 PM
Don't Touch Me!


For a grunt
The top three sins
To be committed
In military life:
Don't touch my weapon,
My food or my woman
Without permission -
In that order

But, today, it's
Don't touch my
Latte, my luxury car
Or my hair
Without permission

And, in aikido, it's
Don't touch me!
Unless you mean to
Harmonize, blend, and
Be one with the universe!
Ah, maturity...




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In General Sturgeon's Law Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #74 New 09-08-2013 05:30 PM
Sturgeon's Law


Nothing is always absolutely so
Such is the nature of nothing
Or, is it just the nature of paradox?




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