know that enough is enough

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said dagdeviren

When

the world practices Tao,

horses fertilize the fields. When

the world ignores Tao,

horses are bred for

war.

 

There is no

greater calamity than

desire, no greater curse than greed.

Know that enough is enough,

and you’ll always have

enough.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 46


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the speed of darkness

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I have studied and become intimate

with the speed of darkness. It’s so fast

it’s always here. When the light withdraws

the dark comes from no place. It always lives

with us. Your heart and brain are black.

They never see the true light except in violence

or autopsy. Of course the brain can cast

its own blinding light that we wait for in a poem,

at least blinding to us. In our trances the loves

of long ago enter the room unescorted, silent

perhaps from the black bottom of the ocean

where we all die in perfect darkness, a sense

of whirling that recedes back to the time

the ocean swallowed the smallest stars

then heated us into our early life.

Darkness is always there,

it only stands revealed.

 

Jim Harrison

 

a new year rain

 

I have a ladle of wine

to share with you tonight

a new year rain drums on the roof

an ancient wind sings in the fields

considering the world’s 

springtime and fall

this body’s decay and emptiness

the destruction of the tombs on Peimang

let us sigh for all our heroes.

Lu You (1125-1210)

 

realization is bound into every difficulty


 

Every breath, 

each movement, all activity 

is completely, inseparably interwoven 

with enlightenment. Complete realization 

is bound into every petty difficulty, 

and wholly liberated and 

illuminated through 

quiet awareness 

of that fact. 

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 21

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