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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 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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Status: Public
Entries: 128
Comments: 62
Views: 99,145

In General Tell Me About the Rain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #58 New 05-19-2013 07:07 PM
Tell Me About the Rain



Tell me about the rain
Tell me about pain
And suffering and loss
Tell me about vultures
Pecking at carcasses
On the side of the road
Tell me about IEDs
And suicide bombers

Tell me about screaming
At the night sky
Your soul fractured
And on fire
Consuming itself
With grief and rage and fear
Tell me, and then
Maybe, I'll listen to you




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In General Thanatos and Eros Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #57 New 05-12-2013 02:47 PM
Thanatos and Eros


I man the broken
Barricades of civilization
Three tours now
God I am weary!
The enemy has no mercy
Suicide bombers
Vie for paradise
We fight and fight
A damn PC-war
For love and country and gods
And corporate greed

Thanatos and eros
Compete while ghosts weep
I hang between earth and sky
In an imposed limbo
To face the truth
Is to embrace death
As all must under heaven
Yet, all I really think about
Is your sweet face
Will I ever go home again
And feel your touch?





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In General Time to Mourn Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #56 New 05-05-2013 03:23 PM
Time to Mourn



After the storm
After the battle
Taking time to mourn
And weep, if necessary,
For comrades fallen
In honorable combat
Is a warrior's right
And need

But, once done
Life moves on
Do not weep at
The memory of battles
Old and new
For they are the
Fire which can bring
Abiding joy and pride

Make peace with
Memories of
Clashes and conflict
And trials of
Death survived
But, peace it must be
Or time remains frozen
And healing denied





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In General Home from the Wars Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #55 New 04-28-2013 03:26 PM
Home from the Wars



Our warriors go forth
Upon our bidding
Duty bound
And come back scarred
And sometimes maimed
From battles fought
And comrades lost
In honorable combat
Pariahs or heroes
Their fates we decide

We can circle
The ancient campfire
And embrace our brethren
Home from the wars
Recognizing there is honor
If we honor them
Recognizing there is glory
If we glorify them
And that we can multiply the joy
And share the pain, of each

This is our duty





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In General Battle-Crap Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #54 New 04-21-2013 04:37 PM
Battle-Crap



After the battle-crap
And the terror-piss
After the fighting
Has ended

After the shock
And exhaustion
Has passed
And slow recovery begins

Then I can
Drink my beer
Tell my war stories
And all my lies

And most definitely
Not mention
My terror-piss
Or, my battle-crap





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Views: 716 | Comments: 4


In General Scoop Up the Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #53 New 04-14-2013 03:47 PM
Scoop Up the Moon



Over and over
I scoop up the moon
On the water

Only to see it slip
Through my fingers
Again and again




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In General Down and Out in Oak Park Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #52 New 04-07-2013 06:12 PM
Down and Out in Oak Park



He walks the streets of Oak Park
Tall, gaunt, stoop-shouldered, old, and gray
I sit by the window of the coffee shop
Watching him walk on by

Even in warm weather he wears
A long coat, with layers underneath
At first, I thought he was just a
Regular, eccentric Oak Park resident

Since he was carrying grocery bags
One of which was from a local store
As I saw him more and more often
I realized he wore the same clothes

And carried the same bags each time
Down and out in Oak Park, I thought
Poverty I can understand
I've been there before, myself

Perhaps I will be there again, someday
It seems different somehow
When you see it in an affluent suburb
One poor, lonely, homeless, old man

Walking the streets
Surrounded by success and wealth
I have no answer as I sip my coffee
Sitting there thinking: what would

Buddha do? What would O'Sensei do?
What would Jesus or Karl Marx do?
What would Superman do?
I sit there….






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In General Falling Leaves Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #51 New 03-31-2013 03:36 PM
Falling Leaves



Do falling leaves
And swirling petals
Resent the wind?

Does the wind resent
The butterfly flitting
In its breezes?

Does the sun resent
The earth for soaking
Up its warmth?

Does the earth resent
The volcano for breaching
Its boundaries?

Does the moon resent
The still lake
For reflecting its image?

Does the mat resent
The Aikidoka for
Repeatedly slapping it?

Do the Aikidoka resent
Each other for
Constantly attempting union?




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In General Traverse City Blues Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #50 New 03-24-2013 03:56 PM
Traverse City Blues



Sitting in a coffee shop
Sipping my coffee
In Traverse City, Michigan
A business trip
Feeling the solitude
Of lonely travel
The music in
The background
Playing Hallelujah
Seeming to fit, somehow:
Forlorn, melancholic
Sorrowfully uplifting
Not quite the Zen
Detachment I was looking for
More like self-pity (miss you)

No Aikido practice tonight
Just reading journals
And writing reports
Preparing for morning meetings
My body missing the
Physical activity, the
Sweat and effort of
Being nage and uke
My mind the moving Zen
Perhaps, one day, I'll
Be able to take it
All off the mat and be
Capable of doing my Aikido
Sitting in a coffee shop
Sipping my coffee





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In General Hishiryo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #49 New 03-17-2013 12:43 PM
Hishiryo



Thought beyond
Ordinary thought

Not too much
Not too little

A balanced unity
But, I struggle

Even the zafu
Gets hard, eventually





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