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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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Status: Public
Entries: 148
Comments: 66
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In General Nothing Special Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #68 New 07-28-2013 05:05 PM
Nothing Special

The trees stand in the wind
The wind blows through the trees
Nothing special
Yet, poets write poems to the event
Extolling the moment

But neither the trees nor the wind care
Perhaps it is the eyes of Schrodinger's cat
That brings meaning to the moment
Where none exist
Still, the poems are lovely…

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In General Dragon or Snake? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 07-21-2013 04:19 PM
Dragon or Snake?

You can fill in the eyes
Of the painted dragon
Or, you can add legs
To the painted snake
One may be necessary
One is not

What, in aikido
Needs to be filled in?
What needs to be eliminated?
Or, is it already complete?
Dragon or snake?
Real choices, or...?

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In General Kyosaku Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 07-14-2013 03:23 PM

I try to wake up
But I am locked
In the dream
I have no whisk-bearer
To offer wisdom, and
To guide my path
So, many times, humbly,
In gassho
I offer my back
To the kyosaku
Of the world
But I am still not
Nonetheless, I continue
My monkey-mind
Doing its best
My limitations
All too apparent

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In General Move! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 07-07-2013 03:20 PM

Pushing up off the mat
Sweat dripping off my chin and nose
Hair plastered to my skull
Swearing silently to myself:
Get up! Get up!

The temperature must be
In the lower 90's, at least
The humidity, just god-awful
Air-conditioning, a lovely myth
I heard about in some far off good-land

My gi and hakama
No longer separate
But a part of my sweat-soaked body
Nage waiting patiently
Not in any hurry, himself

Breathe, breathe, my mantra
Shit, quit talking and just get up!
Movement can give the illusion of progress
So, at least, let me feed that illusion
And, just move!

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In General The Meaning of Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 06-30-2013 05:10 PM
The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life
Is that it ends,
It is said
So, what to do
Prior to this ending?
Try to prolong it?
Go for quality, only?

Building, enjoying,
Family and friends
And ongoing moments
With focused attention to detail
Of an ever-present Now
A Now that promises eternity
In each drop of time

A journey of samadhi-time
Universal moment
After universal moment
Embracing the sand and pebbles
Of everyday life
All there is
And all there ever will be

Still, prolonging the end
Seems reasonable, too
So, I wear my seat-belt
Take my vitamins
Diligently practice my aikido
And renew my Cryonic
Association's fees

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In General Dreaming Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 06-23-2013 05:11 PM

Do trees dream?
If so, of what?

The tall, ancient conifer
Does it dream of
The cold north
Of chill winds
Blowing through its needles
Of the sun, pale in
Occluded skies?

The giant oak
Does it dream of
Sensuous seasons
Coming and going
It growing strong in
The endless cycles
Of birth, death, and rebirth?

The ginkgo tree
Does it dream
Of forever
Ancient and strong
Its leaves shimmering
On breezes from
The future?

When I dream of trees
Do we dream in harmony?

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In General Road Trip Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 06-16-2013 02:51 PM
Road Trip

Nothing ahead but darkness
With my headlights -- already
On high-beam -- probing, probing
My car bulleting into the dark
Fully confident of the road
Continuing on ahead -
At least as far as the headlights
Can reach, anyway...
Moving, yet steady guide markers
Pointing the way, a tunnel through the void

The car's ride smooth
Leather seats, cushions, and springs
Soaking up any small bumps
The wind whistling past the windshield
Invisible movement
The low hum and slight vibration
Of the big engine reassuring
An occasional bug splattering on the glass
The surrounding landscape invisible
But felt and sensed, nonetheless

The miles sliding by
The minutes, then hours, left behind
Road signs and the occasional billboard
Picked up by the headlights
Then quickly left behind, flashing past
After a while, it seems like the road
Is all there is and all that ever was
My destination seems unimportant
The journey all there is, never ending
As I plummet into darkness

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In General Staff/Shout! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 06-09-2013 04:14 PM

Your dark side follows
Wherever you go
A constant companion
Even as you read
The Scriptures

Not everyone today has
The staff of Te Shan*
Or the shout of Lin Chi*
To guide them
And liberate them


*Blue Cliff Record, Intro xxiii
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In General Pain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 06-02-2013 04:58 PM

Nothing like having
The pain beaten out of you
(Or into you, at first!)
Applied Aikido technique
After technique
After technique
After practice
After year
Then, if you can still
Feel the pain
More severe training
Is required!
So some say

As uke, experiencing pain
Your power disappears
Your awareness enters the pain
And your focus is redirected
Till you are lost
Still, you seek out such
Blessful opportunities
Again and again
To add to the pain
Only then with complete
Absorption, relaxation
And redirection can you
Learn from and eventually
Overcome the pain
And gain from its lessons

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In General Memorial Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #59 New 05-26-2013 04:47 PM
Memorial Day

It has been said
That heroism is the
brilliant triumph of the soul
over the flesh

When we celebrate
Memorial Day
Or, Remembrance Day
What we usually remember
Though, is not the heroism

But the loss
The loss of family,
Friends, comrades-
in-battle -- all loved ones
Dearly loved, dearly missed

Glory-dazzled battles
Be damned!
To have our loved ones back
Is all that's really wanted!

Some of you may have noticed that the past few postings have been about war and battle and such, leading up to today's posting of Memorial Day. I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.

Please see the Forum discussion on "heroism".

*Henri Frederic Amiel: (27 September 1821 -- 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.
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