POET'S RESPONSE TO LAO TZU, Chapter 4
TRUE OF TRUTH
Is it true that truth is a deep water well
more ancient than divinity; a water well
older than earth, older than water?
A well so deep and clean that we
can draw from its darkness for
all the generations of human need.
The need of the first woman to
wash blood from the eyes and
lips of the first human child.
A child struggling between her
legs in the African grass where
the first human birth pains had
brought her to her knees.
Is it true that truth is an
unpolluted water well
in constant use but
never used up?
A liquid void, cleaner than time,
colder than space, as empty as
infinity, never fouled nor dry?
It was surely true that truth
was pouring forth to purify the
first mother’s first child.
Is it likewise true that those
waters will be waiting to
cleanse the final mother’s
- don brennan Tao Ch.4
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