Daniel Brick

Gold Star - 88,983 Points (June 10,1947 / St. Paul MN)

Four Taoist Poems

Poem by Daniel Brick

I

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.

II

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!

III

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.

IV

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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.

Comments about Four Taoist Poems by Daniel Brick

  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (9/24/2019 12:04:00 AM)

    Four lovely spontaneously penned poems, a product of Taoism,
    and the notes below making things clearer.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/23/2019 11:21:00 PM)

    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..(Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (9/23/2019 9:26:00 PM)

    Congrats! When a poet thinks time stops for him, when a poet writes his pen travels with a speed, that of light.(Report)Reply

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  • doug scotney (9/23/2019 7:36:00 PM)

    lessons for humans from the non-human world(Report)Reply

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (9/23/2019 5:25:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (9/23/2019 11:27:00 AM)

    just tooo excellent please also enjoy my poems MOMS SMILES MANY LOVE IT U WILL DB(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (9/23/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (9/23/2019 10:19:00 AM)

    Great subject material, great poem Daniel.

    James McLain(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/23/2019 6:19:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (9/23/2019 5:01:00 AM)

    Rich in description and vividly captured with emotion. Thanks for sharing this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Cynthia Deon (9/23/2019 4:24:00 AM)

    Loved reading these. It has the tranquillity of nature woven into each stanza. I will definitely make an effort to learn about Taoist Poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (9/23/2019 2:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful and inspiring the flow of words are beautiful with humour and clearness.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (9/23/2019 1:46:00 AM)

    Excellent poem of the day that beautifully articulates Taoist philosophy...well done Daniel!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/23/2019 1:38:00 AM)

    I don't know what to say
    ......
    The barren branch knows so much more
    than I ever will
    in the Ten Thousand Years///// written greatly the Taoist poem(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/24/2018 12:10:00 AM)

    It did my heart good to see you being honored for one of your works. All of your writings deserve this honor.(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (9/23/2018 11:30:00 AM)

    Daniel,
    I know nothing about Taoist poetry, but these are very pleasing to read (and make me want to learn more) . Congrats on having them selected (again) as poems of the day!(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (9/23/2018 10:52:00 AM)

    Cool, Daniel! This one’s worth a repeat—correction—repeats plural. Yay! -GK(Report)Reply

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  • Harley White (9/23/2018 10:32:00 AM)

    Wonderfully lyrical and evocative, not to mention the subject matter which beckons us deeper... well done...(Report)Reply

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  • Rini ShibuRini Shibu (9/23/2018 10:04:00 AM)

    Congratulations Daniel for poem of the day...(Report)Reply

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  • Lazy Poem Hunter (9/23/2018 8:52:00 AM)

    What would it take to actually 'Choose' a poem for this honor?(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 10, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 20, 2014