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Poetic Thoughts - Haikus From The Tao Te Ching - by C.W. Pruitt II
posted: Jul. 12, 2019

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Haikus From The Tao Te Ching
Haikus provide a fun and easy way to get involved in poetry. The 17-syllable format is hardly demanding. The main challenge is in chopping it down into something meaningful.
Below are seven haikus I 'chopped down' from Thomas Cleary's translation of the Tao Te Ching on March 10, 2006. 1 hope they came out well, for they were sculpted from truly elegant verses.

7.
Heaven eternal
self-less flowing entities
earth everlasting

8.
it benefits all
higher good is like water
staying low to ground

9.
to keep on filling
is not as good as stopping
retire like heaven

10.
suppleness of babe
concentrating energy
power mystery

11.
30 spokes at hub
their usefulness in empty
no-thing is useful

12.
the chase and the hunt
colors blind and sounds deafen
sage works for middle

13.
favor and disgrace
alarming and disturbing
die of self to rule


cw@broadripplegazette.com
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