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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: 259
Comments: 66
Views: 235,465

In General Enso Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #199 New 01-17-2016 04:47 PM

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

Views: 235

In General I am the Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #198 New 01-10-2016 05:43 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

Views: 235

In General Rank & Acclaim Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #197 New 01-03-2016 06:10 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

Views: 294

In General Shogatsu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #196 New 12-31-2015 05:37 PM

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

Views: 292

In General Moments Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #195 New 12-27-2015 05:35 PM

It was one of those moments
Walking, the sky the color
Of an old used ice rink
Snow falling, falling heavily
When it seemed to hesitate
Hesitate in mid-air
Everything seemed to slow down
A second or a century
Could have passed by
I could see individual snow flakes
Slowly turning as they fell
Detailed structures, oh, so apparent
Everything was so clear
Click, and the moment was gone
I always remember such moments
Such rare moments
And crave their return

Views: 237

In General Nirvana Calling Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #194 New 12-20-2015 04:12 PM
Nirvana Calling

Nirvana calling
Settle back....breathe
Nothing else....breathe
Belief is not required
Forget the Bodhi tree
Forget the masters
In fact, forget everything
Forget breathing
Just do it

Views: 331

In General Mirror, Myself Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #193 New 12-13-2015 05:07 PM
Mirror, Myself

I look into the mirror
And see my great enemy -
Myself -
Mara, the Demon Lord
Brings forth his hosts -
Lures and temptations...
But, I sit immovable
Till only myself remains
And I see the world
And myself for what they are

Views: 302

In General Ma-ai Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #192 New 12-06-2015 03:57 PM
(My Eye)

The jyo came down hard
Catching the left eye just right
Instantly incapacitating my opponent
Unfortunately, my target was his hand

Another, important example
Of how essential ma-ai is in aikido
Harmony of space, so central
To effective and safe practice

Views: 291

In General At Times Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #191 New 11-29-2015 04:32 PM
At Times

At times
At times I lost my certainty
At times I feared I was wrong
At times I was totally confused
At times I got very, very tired
At times the cosmic wind
Seemed weak, nebulous
A vague dream I once had
Insubstantial, unreal...
At such times, I looked deep
Looked deep within myself
My life before and after
My memories, all my experiences
I looked all around me
At the world, at its condition
At such times, I gathered my resolve
Following that faint thread
Back to its cosmic source
And found the light once again

Views: 262

In General Marvel Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #190 New 11-22-2015 02:09 PM

When the sun rises
When at night, the moon
And the stars come out
When it rains, and I
Walk quiet, wet streets
When it snows in hushed wonder
At the dojo, when I sweat
And take in hot breaths
I think of you at all these times
And marvel in joy and gratitude
That you share my life
And, that your nikkyo
Really, really, hurts!

Views: 273

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