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

omniscient

 

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

discernment

 

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