pain of loss

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.

Norman Cousins


forcing expectations

into papier-mâché boxes

the Dao is not written by will


the universe knows

all the hidden motives



sorcerers spinning plates

have nothing to

breakfast from


straight line simple

with open hand

the sage is never hungry


a single sheep

clothed only naked

is not cold in winter


emotional intensity

shatters limbs

and breaks bonds


even a camel

knows how important

a single straw is


the reed meets the wind

by bending and



even the reed

knows when

to bow


pushing too hard

the intelligent worm turns

and walks away


the fisher catches

no carp today

swimming, in golden pond


the lottery ticket

which never wins

cannot force any joy


the artificer gets

unpredictable outcomes

and does not learn


chasing groundhogs

across autumn meadows

ever in the mist at dawn


the sorcerer’s ball

never lands on

zero or thirty-three


Acting in anger and hatred throughout my life, I frequently precipitated what I feared most, the loss of friendships and the need to rely upon the very people I’d abused.

Luke Ford