Fare Thee Well

Dear Robert, thank you.
You helped me find direction,
to see and to write

Robert Hunter
June 23, 1941 – September 23, 2019
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Tao Te Ching: 1

The Tao cannot be defined by words
It transcends understanding, goes beyond thoughts

The Tao came before all transient things
The Tao will remain when things rejoin it
Worldly forms are all but echoes of the Tao

Let go of names to identify
Look beyond the edges to see
Go straight to that which is
Expectations and discipline only reflect themselves

The Tao is always known when seen anew
Subtle difference are composed of the same
Impenetrable in its prosaic splendor

The Tao exists on the tip of epiphany

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*The above verse of the Tao Te Ching is my own interpretation. I am endeavoring to do the entire Tao.

Laozi

naked

what will you do when
the actor is gone?

how will you smile when
the clown stops dead?

who will you be when
the firebrand cools down?

where is the passion when
the artist shuts off?

how will you dance when
there’s no pulse in the music?

what do you celebrate when
the party is finally over?

we’ve covered our shame
with blankets of expectation.