on lao tzu ch. 15
You might see, from time to time,
one of those profound and subtle
teachers striding carefully, as though
crossing an iced-over stream.
You might notice that she is acutely
alert, as though murderers and thieves
had been reported in the neighborhood.
Yet you might marvel at his courtesy
under duress, as though he were a guest
in your home.
These legendary teachers are themselves
fluid, like plunging waterfalls, yet patient
as hewn stones awaiting a sculptor.
She can often seem dark and mysterious,
an immense cavern beneath the earth,
as opaque as muddy water.
Who can wait without complaint for the
mud to settle? Who can be still until
action is necessary?
Legendary teachers, who need not seek
fulfillment in what is transitory, find
a way to live without clinging
- don brennan Tao Ch. 15
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