What Would Lao Tsu Have to Say?
12 April 2005
Lao Tsu said, "The best of folk are like water."
I could be sarcastic but I'm not gonna.
The best of folk are like water.
They aren't rigid, immovable, stone-like objects.
Forcing everybody to go around them.
They embrace life, curl their bodies around it.
Yes, one should embrace life, hold it dear.
Be kind. Keep an open mind.
I try to be like water.
Lately the waves have been a bit turbulent
My father's coma, my brother's suicide,
And the distinct impression I get
That I'm living in a country gone crazy
With blood lust and rock solid hatreds
Cultivated in the barren soil of winter's earth.
Nothing new here.
Hasn't it always been about fear?
A long, long history of "somebody's gonna get me . . .
If I don't get them first."
There's a lot of blood buried beneath this soil
Blood and broken bones and the residue
In a Winchester rifle and gatling gun.
The Indians keep changing, but the game's the same.
What would Lao Tsu have to say
If he had returned to his village
And found everyone dead or stolen away?
There is no way to be water
In the middle of a bone dry desert.
© 2005, Satya J. Gabriel