"your very flesh shall be a great poem"

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men—go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families—re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body. The poet shall not spend his time in unneeded work. He shall know that the ground is already plow’d and manured; others may not know it, but he shall. He shall go directly to the creation. His trust shall master the trust of everything he touches—and shall master all attachment. Walt Whitman, Preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass.

useless Shu

There was once a hunchback called Shu. His chin rested on his navel, his shoulders rose up over his head, and his neck bone pointed to the sky. His five vital organs were upside down, and his hips were level with his ribs. By sewing and taking in laundry, he made enough to feed himself. By winnowing and sifting grain, he earned enough to support ten people. When the authorities were raising an army, he came and went without having to hide. When a big public project was planned, he was assigned no work because he was a chronic invalid. When the government was giving free grain to the sick, he received three measures and ten bundles of firewood. If a man whose body is strange can take care of himself and live to the end of his natural life, how much easier it is for a man with strange behavior. Chuang Tzu

it's like

...trying to unscrew a tight bolt that's 2 feet above your head. would you struggle and strain from where you stand, or would you fetch a ladder or a chair so that you can have some leverage on the bolt?

it seems to me that many people live their lives without considering chairs and ladders. they suffer in frustration, never finding the right leverage on their problems.

night commute

two hour journey, chasing a sliver moon
on the horizon, an eerie purple
thunderstorm in the distance and water in the air, my lungs
almost summer feeling
the last stretch of potholes, heavy fog
crossing the road, peepers
hopping, between my swerves,
i am so sorry

response to an internet stranger

sitting in utter silence
vast exhalation
the passage of wind
exertion, a quickening
a glistening turd: mani pearl
only fools gag
at the smell of God's gift