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“Unusual travel directions are dancing lessons from God.”—Kurt Vonnegut

Beside the Path 1

On the rive gauche in French
One is not maladroit
Who hangs left for a stretch
To gain la route à droite
Beside the path

Sometimes people need to take the wrong path in order to lead them to the right one.

―Nashoda Rose

Beside the Path 2

The French word sinistre
From the Latin for left
Impugns Yang’s earth sisters
Yin’s enlightened adepts
Beside the path

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

—Anatole France

Beside the Path 3

The right path of virtue
Sacred and not profaned
Sweeps the veils of untruth
Away from the unseen
Beside the path

The middle path is the way to wisdom.


Beside the Path 4

While whiling in the lee
Mute mudras of shorebirds
Hover between the wings
Weaving port to starboard

Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.

—Taisen Deshimaru

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Good stuff 👍

    June 5, 2021
  2. Being admired by a poet of your sensitivity is indeed an honor. Humbled.

    June 5, 2021

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