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Four Taoist Poems

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Scattered rocks lie
beneath the moss-covered boulder.
They are Tai Chi students
resting in the shade of their master.
They have learned enough for today -
It's time to stop
and speak softly to the earth.


The grasses display no ambition.
They grow everywhere along the Path
with a tangled sense of humor.
There is a deep truth hidden here
but I'm laughing too hard to care about it!


Walking in the Marsh

Balancing on one leg,
without a thought in her head,
the bird mocks philosophy.
I'm too stubborn to get the point.
I'll come back next week
when I'm ready.


Suddenly I don't know what to say.
Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut.
The barren branch knows so much more
than I ever will
in the Ten Thousand Years.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy
I attended a class on Taoism one spring evening. After talking about
the 'Tao Te Ching' for less than an hour, the instructor suddenly changed tactics. 'Take out your notebooks, ' she said, 'and write a Taoist poem or two. Do it quickly, without thinking, before you lose the mood! ' I wrote these four in less than 30 minutes! We were all surprised, every member had written at least two Taoist poems. We read them out loud with genuine delight and humor. 'You see how effortlessly you can flow with the Tao, ' said our teacher.
Aniruddha Pathak 24 September 2019
Four lovely spontaneously penned poems, a product of Taoism, and the notes below making things clearer.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 23 September 2019
Brilliant Taoist poems. I liked the one, " Walking in the Marsh Balancing one leg Without a thought in her head, the bird mocks philosophy" . Congrats on poem of the Day..
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Akhtar Jawad 23 September 2019
Congrats! When a poet thinks time stops for him, when a poet writes his pen travels with a speed, that of light.
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doug scotney 23 September 2019
lessons for humans from the non-human world
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Lyn Paul 23 September 2019
Tranquillity is felt so deeply in your words. The 4 pieces are perfect with a surprise in the speed of time in each piece. Your sense of calm is amazing.
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Me Poet Yeps Poet 23 September 2019
just tooo excellent please also enjoy my poems MOMS SMILES MANY LOVE IT U WILL DB
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Bharati Nayak 23 September 2019
Amazingly beautiful- -a timeless piece of writing. Each rock and each stone of earth is storehouse of immense mystery - - Wisdom scattered in the universe.Our life is too short to learn all- -and we know nothing of this truth. Congratulations Sir, Daniel Brick for penning such beautiful poems.
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James Mclain 23 September 2019
Great subject material, great poem Daniel. James McLain
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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 September 2019
Visited this poem for second time. Really a beautiful poem is presented. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem for second time as the member poem of the poem of the day.
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Chinedu Dike 23 September 2019
Rich in description and vividly captured with emotion. Thanks for sharing this poem.
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