Tuesday Poem

Naming Tao

The smallest mystery which can’t be
defined is eternal Tao

If the juice of Tao were universally tapped
all would fall into place and all
be nourished as if sweet rain had fallen

But when Tao is split to smithreens
we see only Tao’s parts
its wholeness is unseen

When things are named
Tao’s bits vie for attention
—its wholeness is lost

Therefore, be careful
of  naming

Like the water of rivers entering the sea
Tao cannot be split to bits
Lao Tzu
from The Tao Te Ching, Vs. 32

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