June 27th, 2016

The Tao is Tao (57)



                                                The impatient fool
                                           crosses the rushing river,
                                    only to be swept away by the floods.
                                                    the wise man
                                                    uses wisdom
                                                  as a sturdy craft
                                            to reach the other side.
                                                  The Taoist sage
                                                  has the patience
                                                         to wait
                                              until the floods subside,
                                      but then he will not cross the river,
                                            for he will  sit on  its banks,
                                                         at ease,
                                          admiring the perfect reflection
                                                      of the moon
                                                 in its silent waters.

                                                                        --Jos Stabbert