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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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..., 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 Summer Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #184 New 10-11-2015 06:52 PM
Summer Day

In my dream
I hear the dojo bell ring
We are all lined up
Ready for class
As the last ring fades away
Sensei begins class
My aikido is marvelous
Fluidity and harmony
As natural as warmth
On a summer's day
When I wake up
I still hear the fading bell
But my aikido, my aikido
My aikido still awaits
That summer day

Views: 239

In General Silent Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #183 New 10-04-2015 06:34 PM
Silent Moon

A night so hushed
Nothing moving, nothing
Not a sound anywhere
Not even my own breathing

I never noticed before
That the moon is so quiet
So profoundly, deeply silent
As it transcends the night sky

Views: 242

In General Transparent Moonlight Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #182 New 09-27-2015 06:48 PM
Transparent Moonlight

Transparent moonlight
Shining on an empty mountaintop

Where once a temple stood
Abandoned by enlightenment

Views: 188

In General The Right Word Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #181 New 09-20-2015 04:13 PM
The Right Word

The power of the right word
Rightly, properly, perfectly used
Capturing the moment just right

Yet, the real experience
Is surely beyond mere words
Beyond the reasoned architecture
Of the poem's structure

Words are simply the pointing finger
To the authentic experience
Ame furaba fure, kaze fukaba*


*Quoted from the Zen Monk Ikkyu Sojun:
If it rains, let it rain; if the wind blows, let it blow

Views: 239

In General Chaoskampf Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #180 New 09-13-2015 05:17 PM

Order and chaos
Fight for supremacy
As above, so below
My personal struggle
Reflected in the world

I sit in seiza
The battle raging within
Forces clashing
But, all things
come out of chaos

Primal Chaos is the
Father and mother of all
So, I relax and let
Turmoil have its way
Trusting that the struggle -

My own Chaoskampf
Is as it should be
My natural state
My primordial ylem
Birthing its own cosmic egg

Views: 271

In General Forbidden to Speak Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #179 New 09-06-2015 05:11 PM
Forbidden to Speak

I am not forbidden to speak
But, to say more would be a sacrilege
So, I sit quietly, watching, watching
Flowers swaying in the breeze
Insects plying their nature
A blue sky, with fragrant clouds
Drifting in a cool, gentle wind
I am not forbidden to speak
I just don't

Views: 230

In General Haiku Country Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #178 New 08-30-2015 06:24 PM
Haiku Country

Mountains, forests, lakes,
Rivers, lost pathways,
A bright moon glimpsed
Through passing clouds
This is haiku country,
Someone said
Which said it all

Views: 205

In General I Bare My Soul Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #177 New 08-23-2015 05:28 PM
I Bare My Soul

I bare my soul to the moon
Its silent, silver light
Penetrating where the sun cannot
The night's shadows I do not fear
I have given my heart to the night
Silvered light and shadowy shadows
Illuminate who and what I am
The splintered landscape is home
And, I walk it honestly and unafraid
A seeker after emptiness, darkness
I bare my soul to the moon
And scream!

Views: 235

In General Ah! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #176 New 08-16-2015 05:14 PM

I watch the blossom
Swaying in the early breeze
Highlighted by the morning light
Captured by its beauty
Its color and scent
The touch of the wind
And the light
Also touching me
We share the same moment
While I may last a flicker longer
We are both fated to disappear
Still, the fleeting moment, the moment
Both remains and passes
On into the next
And into the vast emptiness
Of the eternal

Views: 276

In General No Masters Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #175 New 08-09-2015 08:45 PM
No Masters

We all follow the forms
All very proper and correct
Do this. Do that. Now this.
No, this way, that's it!
But, what is truly important
Does not appear in form

Train hard, train long
And, with proper instruction
And insight, you just might get it
But, today, some say,
There are no Masters left
To train us in the proper Way

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