Saturday, 22 December 2007

Lao Tzu's Yuletide Message

the court is corrupt

the fields are overgrown with weeds
and the granaries are empty

there are those dressed in fineries
with swords at their sides
who are filled with food and drink
and possessed of too much wealth

this is taking the lead in robbery
and far indeed it is from the way

Gwilym Williams

poem based on D C Lau's 1964 Penguin Classics translation of the Tao Te Ching
verse 121,121a

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