Daniel Brick

Gold Star - 85,230 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

  • Susan 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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  • Stu Penduss (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!
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  • Glen 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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  • (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 Shibu (9/23/2018 10:04:00 AM)

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

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  • (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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  • (9/23/2018 8:46:00 AM)

    Wow! And it made it to one of my best poems. Your pen was great (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (9/23/2018 8:24:00 AM)

    I read those beautiful poems long time back. Such calming effects they produce. Congratulations again to be recognized for these marvelous poems. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/23/2018 6:45:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS! This a nice poem combined with Four Taoist Poems with broader insight is selected as the poem of the day. This has deep philosophy within. You are very right. Grass grows with much talent but never shows its ambition. An amazing poem is brilliantly penned...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/23/2018 6:35:00 AM)

    Read your 'FourFour Taoist Poems ' which are philosophical and beautiful. Thanks and congratulations for being selected these poems as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Sarah Persson (9/23/2018 5:22:00 AM)

    I find some of tthe best poems i write, spill onto the page and I am always amazed when i read them back and they make perfect sense to me and are sometimes very philosophical. Your poems here are beautifully written. Congratulations on poem of the day Daniel/ Very well deserved. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/23/2018 4:45:00 AM)

    An interesting and thoughtful poem about people living in harmony with nature? ...........well expressed Daniel (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (9/23/2018 4:07:00 AM)

    ' The barren branch knows so much more
    than I ever will
    in the Ten Thousand Years'...........A striking line!
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  • Bharati Nayak (9/23/2018 3:38:00 AM)

    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.
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  • (9/23/2018 1:57:00 AM)

    Daniel, it's such a pleasure to re-read this great work. When I first read it, I was so inspired that I wrote a poem, titled For Daniel Brick. Congratulations on a very well deserved Poem Of The Day! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/23/2018 1:00:00 AM)

    interesting class, teachings and philosophy-

    the bird mocks philosophy
    .....
    The barren branch knows so much more
    than I ever will

    ///// nice thoughtful writing
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  • Denis Mair (9/25/2017 12:50:00 AM)

    Spoken straight out of the beginners mind....yet I see that you have internalized some key texts. For instance, the second and third verses remind me of Tao Yuanming. The grasses and the bird and your laughter...they all communicate just by being what they are. The bird on one leg indicates the importance of balance and the value that life places on continuance. When this is presented to your eyes, the wholeness of life is completed on the level of consciousness. Why this should be so is a wonderful riddle. The barren branch effortlessly gave up what it had to give up. Now it stands as a gesture of former intent. Absent greenness is part of that gesture, again showing the wholeness of life. Each gesture points to other stages that are embedded in time. The barren branch makes its gesture of once-having-been-green...and in the fullness of time, the stage of greenness is never absolutely separate from that. Such reflections are best handled intuitively, and that is what your poems do. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/23/2017 11:37:00 PM)

    You have captured the oriental ambience so well and the oriental way of communicating with Nature.
    With respect and devotion and passive emotion, if any.
    This was my impression, written before I read your notes.
    You have certainly written some very beautiful and different verses here. Totally successful with Oriental Mystery and Magic added to them.
    Congratulation to whomever? , had the very good taste to chose these lovely Verses as Poem of the Day and best congratulation to the poet, Daniel Brick also.
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    Daniel Brick(9/25/2017 1:02:00 AM)

    Thank you, Sandra. You extended the scope of my poem.It's like a relay race: I wrote a poem and passed it on to you, and you carried it forth. It's gaining a life of its own!

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  • Chinedu Dike (9/23/2017 9:25:00 PM)

    You amaze me with versatility of your knowledge. Thanks for your continued enlightenment. Always remain blessed. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/23/2017 8:30:00 PM)

    Naturally inspirational..love it.. a Facebook share and a ten.. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 10, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 20, 2014


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