davidbrucehaiku: SOME OF MY FAVORITE THREES

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snow, blossoms, and moon

reading, writing, and walking

poems, art, and music

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davidbrucehaiku: SHORT SEASON OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS

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SHORT SEASON OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS

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Such a short season!

Cherry blossoms are fragile!

Quiet! Lest they fall!

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Edgar Lee Masters: Cassius Hueffer (Spoon River Anthology)

THEY have chiseled on my stone the words:
“His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him
That nature might stand up and say to all the world,
This was a man.”
Those who knew me smile
As they read this empty rhetoric.
My epitaph should have been:
“Life was not gentle to him,
And the elements so mixed in him
That he made warfare on life
In the which he was slain.”
While I lived I could not cope with slanderous tongues,
Now that I am dead I must submit to an epitaph
Graven by a fool!

THEY have chiseled on my stone the words:
“His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him
That nature might stand up and say to all the world,
This was a man.”
Those who knew me smile
As they read this empty rhetoric.
My epitaph should have been:
“Life was not gentle to him,
And the elements so mixed in him
That he made warfare on life
In the which he was slain.”
While I lived I could not cope with slanderous tongues,
Now that I am dead I must submit to an epitaph
Graven by a fool!

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Lao-Tzu #24: Those who stand on tiptoes do not stand firmly.

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Those who stand on tiptoes

do not stand firmly.

Those who rush ahead

don’t get very far.

Those who try to outshine others

dim their own light.

Those who call themselves righteous

can’t know how wrong they are.

Those who boast of their accomplishments

diminish the things they have done.

 

Compared to the Tao, these actions are unworthy.

If we are to follow the Tao,

we must not do these things.

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Tao Te Ching

By Lao-Tzu

A translation for the public domain by j.h.mcdonald, 1996

www.wright-house.com/religions/taoism/tao-te-ching.html

Aesop: The Serpent and the File

A Serpent in the course of its wanderings came into an armorer’s shop. As he glided over the floor, he felt his skin pricked by a file lying there. In a rage he turned round upon it and tried to dart his fangs into it, but he could do no harm to heavy iron and had soon to give over his wrath.

It is useless attacking the insensible.

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