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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..., 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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Entries: 213
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In General Not Today Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #133 New 10-19-2014 05:06 PM
Not Today

Not today
Flowing and harmonious

Not today
Powerful and effortless

Not today
Nage and uke together as one

Not today
Painless aikido

Not today

Views: 388

In General Loud Silence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #132 New 10-12-2014 05:04 PM
Loud Silence

The silence of the moment
The silence of the now
Can be so loud, so deafening
It can be overwhelming
So, take some time
To embrace this silence

And let it embrace you
Settle into this embrace
Soon this silence will deepen
And be warm and comforting
And bring peace and open the mind
To new and different possibilities

Views: 442

In General Relax Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #131 New 10-05-2014 03:32 PM

Relax, no, relax more
More….no, not limp
See, here's rigid
Here's limp
Now, here's relaxed
Feel the difference?
Okay, play with this
For a few years
So, I was told
So many years ago
And I'm still playing with it!

Views: 462

In General Heart of Transcendence Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #130 New 09-28-2014 11:56 AM
Heart of Transcendence

The trench, the foxhole, the grave
Telling them apart depends
On context, on perception

Battle brings out many things in people
Some good, some not so good,
Some downright bad and ugly
But, in some, battle, battle
Brings out transcendence

In the heart of battle
In the cauldron of pain and fear
Some souls are elevated
Not to who they might become
But, to who they already are

Views: 390

In General A Little More Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #129 New 09-21-2014 04:44 PM
A Little More

Damn, I hurt
I'm tired
Can't catch my breath!
That's it
Gotta stop -- take 5
No -- take 10!
If only …

Just a little more...
Quitting means accepting limits
Just a little more
Not much -- just more
Coordinate breath and body
Ah, a little more
Comes a little easier

Views: 305

In General Izanagi and Izanami Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #128 New 09-14-2014 04:59 PM
Izanagi and Izanami

Izanagi and Izanami
Meet, intersect
Creating the world
And aiki….
And through aiki
The cosmic flow of life
Is created -- takemusu aiki
The spontaneous generation
Of technique --
A universal martial art
Not limited by system or style

Views: 363

In General The Gates Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #127 New 09-07-2014 02:29 PM
The Gates

The gates are always open
Always, there are no barriers
No manned check-points
Checking ID, turning people away
The gates are always open
Always, just step on through
Through the gate each path leads to
The path you've traveled for so long

Just step on through
All the myriad gates
Lead to the same place
The destination is identical
The only actual gate is in your mind
Banish it....cross the threshold
You've come this far, don't tarry
You are the only gate keeper!

Views: 369

In General Rain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #126 New 08-31-2014 07:26 PM

It rained today
Nothing fancy
It just rained
I got wet
Walking in the rain

But, I didn't care
It rained today
I took a walk
In the rain
And got wet

Views: 298

In General Shelter Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #125 New 08-24-2014 03:55 PM

There is a place I go to
Where I can find shelter
Support, relief from suffering
It's not too far away
But, sometimes it is hard
To get to, so hard to get to

So I wait, I wait, I wait
I wait till it is ready
Ready to open, open for me
It can't be forced

I breathe deeply, deeply
Bringing in all my pain
And exhaling it all out
All of it, all of it
In and out, in and out
Till there is nothing left
Nothing left, except my place
My place of shelter

So calm, so peaceful, so close
Yet, sometimes so far
But I wait patiently
For my mind, my heart, my spirit
To come together and let me in
In to my shelter

Views: 306

In General Arrogant or Delusional Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #124 New 08-17-2014 04:21 PM
Arrogant or Delusional

When you speak
Of enlightenment
Of its study
Of its potential
Of you trying to reach it
YOU...every day you!
You can't help but sound
Arrogant or delusional

Views: 398

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