Tuesday, October 1, 2013

William Slaughter: "Laozi in Indiana"

Whatever it is
presents itself
to you,
accept it.
is at work
in the universe.
Live with it
It has much
to teach you.
is its first
and second virtue.
Do not
spend yourself
It requires
nothing of you.
Be glad.
is its third
and last virtue.

"Laozi in Indiana" by William Slaughter, from The Politics of My Heart. © Pleasure Boat Studio, 1996. (Published elsewhere as "Lao-tse in Indiana.")

Image credit: "Gone Fishing," oil, by Donald Zolan (originally color).

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