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Tao Pow


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Tao Pow

In times our dim confusion of
We scan the heavens up above
And ask advice of those we love,
Then to the sacred teachings go
In hope serenity to know
From out doubt’s murky undertow

And if we scramble long enough
Although the going may be tough
We find ourselves out of the rough
And thence onto smoother terrain
Relieved some of our inner pain
And learning how to smile again

When in despair of everything
Did I one day my troubles bring
To consult the Tao de Ching,
‘Twas good that day it I preferred
And to my inner voice deferred
For from it comfort I inferred

“Perfection seems imperfect” be
The message that it had for me —
If you some imperfections see,
Such may not rightly be mine own
Results unable to be known
But motivation may I own

All else in other hands than mine
Fulfilling thus the grand design
Of the unknowable Divine…
“Fullness seems empty,” it went on —
So, we may never count upon
Sweet understanding till we’re gone

Someone, remembering, then,
Fondly may recall days when
Our sound advice they’d hear again
As they had heard in life before
(Wondering, presently, wherefore
They hadn’t paid attention more!)..

“Straightness seems crooked,” it assure
This spirit of intensions pure —
Clumsy about them, to be sure,
By none of which aught harm be meant,
Although sometimes listeners bent
The meanings of her good intent…

And, “Foolish, truest wisdoms seem”
Came like a blessing from a dream —
For often ones companions deem
Anything unfamiliar be
Examined so suspiciously
Takes sense from sensibility!

So do not be downhearted if
Some at your finest off’rings sniff
Immured in old assumptions stiff
As any inflexible bone —
Hold hard to what you really own,
By Self, self’s true intentions known


Among us, poets are ill paid. In order to continue her work, this one currently lives in her minivan, on an income of a fraction of our nation’s poverty level. If her work has moved, enabled or uplifted you, your contribution to this effort may be made at:



Published by Ana Daksina

Read worldwide half a million times, Ana Daksina is a Troubador of the coming age.

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