Dao Is Never Done



Cosmos lays cloaked beneath apparent chaos; in all disorder abides a subtle order. All civilizations and all human beings, whatever their seeming cultural or conscious development, still harbor archaic remnants and tendencies beneath the stability and serenity. Just as the human body connects us with the mammals and displays numerous traits of shared evolutionary progress going back to at least the reptilian age, so human knowledge, understanding, wisdom, progress, and culture are likewise products of evolution and vulnerable to devolution. The Dao is never done and the story is never fully told while the world and life endure.

The way that can be named
is not the enduring way.
Dao is not the word; neither do our names
define nor limit us.
We, like truth, are not becoming;
we and truth are being!
Truth does not stop and start!
Truth streams and swirls.
The way of all truth
is the way for us all!
No one of us is what any one of us thinks.
No one of us is even what each of us thinks.
Neither is the whole truth or our full truth
what some say or what some call us.
Horrible slurs or noble honorifics
Hear all and heed none.
Neither the absolute truth
nor the fullness of our truths
are known or told until
time itself goes still!

Verse 1

R, Lawrence Conley

21 February 2016


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  • jennifer kiley

    We are individuals. Mix each differently as life is a turn in a different direction than another. We cannot really perceive any of anyone else. Your poem is inspirational. The philosophy is a perfect mind twister, a game I played in the Philosophy office in college. I happened to be the Student Assistant to the main Professor so had access. Surprises are developed into new ways when thoughts are free to examine and express impressions of all differences we don’t really understand completely. It would be impossible for the brain to fathom the depth. Seeing and going beyond limits is what one hears in the words you express so inspirationally in your poem Larry. Brilliant. ?????????

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