life (wu-wei)

life is a puddle
step in it
it splashes
stare at it
it reveals your
true reflection
drink from it
it will fill you
with love
freeze it
it patiently waits
to awaken
from its slumber
scoop it up
and it runs
through your fingers
refusing to be
controlled
capture it
with a sponge
eventually it must be
released

when the puddle dries
it returns
to its source
the earth returns it to
the deep waters
the sun returns it
to the clouds
the clouds return it
to the earth –
will you splash in it?

Based upon Dao De Jing 78

© Rylan Skelly, June 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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