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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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Status: Public
Entries: 124
Comments: 62
Views: 95,695

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: 692 | 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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In General Fractal Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #48 New 03-10-2013 04:57 PM
Fractal Aikido



Fractal Aikido
Practice after practice
Technique after technique
Iteration after iteration
Pattern after pattern

Set by the initial condition
Of each attack
Nage and uke move
Infinitely self-similar
Fragments of the whole

Nage, uke, strange attractors
Revolving around each other
Hunting for a common center
A dynamical system
Creating a symmetry

With nage and uke
Uke and nage
Repeating through time
Again and again
Swirls upon swirls

Seeking wholeness
To unit body and spirit
But achieving only
Rough approximations
Of the ideal, repeating




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In General Living in the Now Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #47 New 03-03-2013 04:44 PM
Living in the Now



Living in
The Now
Is different
Than living for
The moment

One will enhance
Your perceptions
The other
Will land you
In jail!




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In General Shiva's Dance Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #46 New 02-24-2013 03:41 PM
Shiva's Dance



In Aikido, I learn
Technique after technique
As nage, as uke
Moving, flowing
Throwing, being thrown
Pinning, being pinned
Practice after practice
Year after year
My very own Shiva's dance
Creation and destruction
Trying to dispel my
Ignorance, my laziness
And my evil thoughts

All under the guise
Of a martial art
Seeking the flame
Of wisdom and direction
Attempting to overcome
Personal limitations
By sweat and effort
And pain and humility
On and off the mat
Seeking unity by
Embracing and refining
Repetitive strategies
To discover something new





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Views: 530 | Comments: 1


In General Butt Up! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #45 New 02-17-2013 04:50 PM
Butt Up!



In the pond
The upside-down
Duck

In order to feed
It must expose its butt
To the universe

An odd way
To survive and thrive
Yet it does, somehow

Head down, butt up
Is there a message
Here, somewhere?





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Views: 603 | Comments: 1



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