Welcome, thanks for visiting. Here are examples of my Taoist poetry...
Observing the Tao
A tree is the Tao expressed as a tree
a cloud is the Tao manifest as a cloud
when one observes the Tao and not its expressions
this and that appears as One
stillness and movement are seen
as a single action
sound and quietude known to be
the same Silence
you and not-you
have no distinction.
When all appearances lose their form
and every outcome has no result
a gentle peace settles within.
When we are very young
we look at a tree
and see Something
we glance at a bird
and watch Something,
then we are taught
"this is a tree and that is a bird"
and the Something becomes
...and we forget
...then we forget we have forgotten
until one day we go looking
that never went away.
Endless Blue Sky
To the wanderer
hazy mountains rise majestically
into endless blue sky
weaves its way sweetly
through fragrant pine
and clifftop waterfalls
cascade through glittering folds
All came naturally into being
without concern or plans of an outcome.
You too are like this.
At a Secluded Spot
At a secluded spot
by the banks of the river Conwy
the distant buzz of humanity fades
against the sounds of driving water.
Through all that energy
insects bask lazily on sunlit stones,
blue trout drift sleepily in deep amber pools,
and a grey heron stands motionless
against the glistening trees.
In the heart of nature
lies a great stillness,
she who noticesrealises the Constant.
My eyes cannot find nature in manicured
gardens, farms or parkland,
their spirit turns towards wild meadows,
it longs for the silent open spaces of moorland
or the distant horizon across moonlit seas.
It finds delight in ancient gnarled oak
and in the green shimmering stones of tumbling rivers.
It cannot help how it is like the in-and-out breath
of changing weather or the pale blue found
between seasons. Here all things are the face of the Real
and in their quiet embrace I find my Wild-Self.
Her Mind is like a Jade Jar of Ice
Wu Cailuan had no interest
in emptiness or fullness, mirrors
Being free from distinctions,
she folded mountains into a fan
and stuffed them
up her sleeve.
Delivering a Message
In the still forest
branches lean more and more
silence drifts under leaves
as I roam like a brief
Troubled by the hurt I bring
sorrow breaks open
the narrow coldness of my chest.
I am sad for you,
As I near,
the waning moon fades
from the lining of my skin.
Breaking the View
with a role or personality
breaking the View
into a jigsaw puzzle,
the moment you identify
as being something
a peace is lost.
River of Life
Carried along by the river of life
what does it all mean?
I don’t know…
might as well lie back
take it easy.
People fight to defend their religions
arguing this and that over God.
If you are too rigid
how can you be like a gentle spring breeze
that warms and softens everything it touches?
Gold and Jade Immortals
Some folk bow before gold and jade Immortals.
My shrine is a wild cherry tree
its tiny white flowers an April scripture.
eat a little
don't bother thinking
take some light naps
enjoy rain sun flowers
don't think about bothering
eat a little
So You Practise
you practise Taoism?
what is your religion then?