Reading Lao Tzu

Before the Old One rode
beyond the border 
	between worlds,
he said that everything
	will fall into place,
said naming 
	is the origin of things.

He spoke of working 
	and stepping back.

From the back of his ox
	this gift, every page 
a dressing for a wounded mind
	gauzy as spider web,
his wisdom my walking stick.

One response to “Reading Lao Tzu”

  1. This is wonderful, Karen! Puts me in mind of Louis Simpson great poem “Searching for the Ox”—a Taoist text, really. Both yours and Simpson’s have great poise and inner authority. Lovely….


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