Lao Tzu’s Lament – (Listen)

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If you talk about it, it’s not Tao

If you name it, it’s something else

…………………………. —Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching
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at first I think, I’ve got it!
then I think, oh no, that’s not it
I think, it’s more like a flaming arrow
shot into the marrow
of the bony part of everything

…. but some summer nights
…. it’s hanging overhead so bright

then right there I lose it
I let geometry and time confuse it
then it’s silent and won’t sing a thing

…. but some summer nights
…. it’s croakin’ from a pond so right

then again I lose it
let theology and time confuse it
then it’s silent and won’t sing a thing

…….. I’m thinking I’ve been here before
…….. feet two inches off the floor
…….. I’m thinking, is this something true?

sometimes I think, I’ve lost it!
though I never could exhaust it
because it’s lower than low is
and wider than wide is
……….and it deeper than deep is
…………….and higher than High is

…. but some fresh spring days
…. it’s cuttin’ through the fog and the haze

…….. I’m thinking I’ve been here before
…….. feet two inches off the floor
…….. I’m thinking, is this something true?
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by Jim Culleny
2015

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