DAO/CHAN: DEFINING THE UNDEFINABLE

DAO/CHAN: DEFINING THE UNDEFINABLE
Changming Yuan
 
Hard as the arctic ice
Tender as the summer cloud
Dynamic as a tsunami in the Pacific ocean
Still as the lakewater of late autumn
Chan is like Dao, rather
Dao is like Chan
The way, the spirit, the H2O
That can reach high into the sky
Squat still at the very bottom of River Styx
Flow towards the lowest terrain of each valley
Melt into salty tears, sweat, blood
Sweet milk, musky semen, mixing with
Fogs, mists, clouds, dewdrops, taking the shape
Of whatever it invades, occupies, vanishing
Into nothing and everything at the same moment
Within and without the visions of all naked eyes
Constantly moving, transforming
Between or beyond
Yin and yang

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

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Posted on June 21, 2012, in Changming Yuan, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Another interesting poem from Changming. Here’s a link to the rest of Changming’s work on MM:
    https://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/category/changming-yuan/

  2. I like this poem a lot. The title says it all and you do a great job with this, Chanming. I hope I see more of your words.

  3. I am really liking it to, the way it plays with the theme

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