The heart of wisdom
A popular version I browsed
of the Tao Te Ching,
urging everyone and telling how
in tranquil, flowing poetry to become sages -
kind in living, wise in the Way.
Don't know if I could or would
want to become a sage.
Better to be wise than foolish
but, sage or fool essentially ignorant -
like learning to favor a bruised foot
or, determining the easiest route through traffic home.
The heart of wisdom is to discover ourselves
the fallacies of our basic assumptions,
carve a niche from which we might calmly
view the world but, not for the sake of comfort,
not for the advantageous;
not to seek a dependence upon wisdom
in lieu of grace and surrender.
The Old Man put down the nameless
pen to paper best he could.
Reading his words now gilded standing
in the self-help aisle of Barnes & Noble.
O child of God, foolish to judge what belongs
where, why and to whom concerning the Way.