response to Lao Tzu

So when the Way is lost,
that’s when we resort to virtue.
When virtue is lost,
that’s when we resort to humaneness.
When humaneness is lost,
that’s when we resort to morality and righteous justice.
And when righteous justice is lost,
that’s when we resort to ceremonies of propriety.
Lao Tzu

Without the Tao,
making your bed becomes meaningless routine,
a justice blanket
over a false sincerity sheet
dress yourself in purple robes
and dream of high and low.

Finding the Way,
sleep naked under a New Moon
growing moss for warmth
justice and kindness arise thusly
going to market: a noble ceremony
unbeknownst to you.