Songs of a Taoist by Yunsheng Jian


Below is a group of seven speculative poems written from a Taoist world view.

I am a drifting cloud,
a wild stork
on earth.

the Tao which can be explained
is not
the real Tao

the Tao begets the Universe
the universe begets
the Tao.

which is bigger ?
a mosquito
or a mountain.

the moon on a mountain,
a book near the pillow;
-oh such nights

I feel invigorated
and stronger
by coitus

let me sing a song
while my lover
is dead