Thursday Poem

Delight is to him- a far, far upward, and inward delight-
who against the proud gods and commodores of this earth,
ever stands forth his own inexorable self.
–Herman Melville; Moby Dick, Chapter 9

The Tao Te Ching —Verse 8

The highest good is like water
flowing down without intent
nourishing all things.

It’s content with the low places
people snub, so is like Tao.

In dwelling keep close to the ground.
In thinking keep it unadorned.
In conflict be just.
In governing beware of control.
In work follow your bliss.
In family life be completely there.

When you’re content to be
no more than yourself
without comparing or competing
you’ll have respect.

by Lao Tzu

from The Tao Te Ching