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Garden of TAO

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brian madden
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0 posted 05-21-2000 07:44 AM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for brian madden

"What the caterpillar calls the end,
The world calls a butterfly" - Lao Tze Tao

                   1

My lamp, under dimmest light,
offers only shadows to comfort
for this day is taking too long.
Woken into this now I can not evict
from my head all the fury visited upon me.

I shower vainly to pacify my emotions.
Standing before a mirror; my reflection
as the only witness to my existence.
My exposed mind trembles with
the marks of boredom taunting eternally.    

                 2

Under the shadows of the rose bush,
a lone caterpillar escapes its cocoon;
mutilation of its primitive self
shed to progress,
revealing a beauty nurtured within.    
                            
               3

Construct a boundary bury my pity
within its fertile soil. Brittle leaves
wilt upon my scars, allow my garden to grow.
As a skeleton, in slumber,
of autumn. I await the cycle of rebirth.

Winter is unwelcome, unable to decay.
Death exists only within the cycle of renewal.
in the silken waves of  tulips
I breathe the harmonies of nature.
My spirit, lulled of the tortures, is truly free.

==============================
"Effect emptiness to the extreme.
Keep stillness whole.
Myriad things act in concert.
I therefore watch their return.
All things flourish and each returns to its root.

Returning to the root is called quietude.
Quietude is called returning to life.
Return to life is called constant.
Knowing this constant is called illumination.
Acting arbitrarily without knowing the constant is harmful.
Knowing the constant is receptivity, which is impartial.

Impartiality is kingship.
Kingship is Heaven.
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal.

Though you lose the body, you do not die".

Lao Tze Tao




 "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? "
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LadySofia
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1 posted 05-21-2000 07:50 AM       View Profile for LadySofia   Email LadySofia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit LadySofia's Home Page   View IP for LadySofia

You really made me use my head here! Beautiful imagery, and I like the way you used Lao's quote for ?? inspiration ?? Very good work on the cycles of life, death, and rebirth!

^_^ Amanda

 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate, Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date. Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance or nature's changing course, untrimmed. But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st; Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
William Shakespeare

Nan
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2 posted 05-21-2000 09:40 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is wonderful, Brian... You have a suberb attitude, and you express it beautifully..
Janet Marie
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Under the shadows of the rose bush,
a lone caterpillar escapes its cocoon;
mutilation of its primitive self
shed to progress,
revealing a beauty nurtured within.    
                            
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Effect emptiness to the extreme.
Keep stillness whole.
Myriad things act in concert.
I therefore watch their return.
All things flourish and each returns to its root.

Returning to the root is called quietude.
Quietude is called returning to life.
Return to life is called constant.
Knowing this constant is called illumination.
Acting arbitrarily without knowing the constant is harmful.
Knowing the constant is receptivity, which is impartial
-------------

im so glad you posted this,
it is SO cool, and so deep.
the imagery is superb.
my head hurts from the depth
and wisdom of how you can
express your thoughts poetically.
I better get use to it.
EXCELLENT writing Bri,
and THANKS so much for finding & sharing the TAO quote with me, it is perfect.
later poetic prophet,
jm

 Some things cannot be explained by verses that rhyme,
They are not measured by the commitment of time.
Some emotions run too deep to be described by words,
Forgiveness and understanding-remain the most beautiful words ever heard.
~Janet Marie~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~


brian madden
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Lady Sofia...I wrote the poem before I discovered Taoism, but it did not quiet work. I rewrote it after I read about Taosim (the Tao of Pooh, anyway) and added the quote which inspired me to rewrite the poem. phew, those that make sense? thanks for your comment, Lao was an inspiration, to look at what I wrote in a different light. thanks for your kind words.


Thank you Nan. I used to look into the darkness and see only darkness, now I see the positive. Thank you for your kind words.

Janet,  I did not write the second bit, I wish I was that enlightened.
"Effect emptiness to the extreme.
Keep stillness whole.
Myriad things act in concert.
I therefore watch their return."
Are the teachings of Lao Tze Tao. I am not that clever.

"my head hurts from the depth
and wisdom of how you can
express your thoughts poetically".

And you steal my breath with the beauty and emotional honesty you write with,
so I guess we are even.
      



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5 posted 05-21-2000 01:39 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

BrianM~
Thanks for sharing these thoughts.
It was a little difficult to tell where
you left off and Tao began ....
but I figured it out.

In the 'quietude' I found myself ...

'Construct a boundary bury my pity
within its fertile soil.'

Fertile thoughts, indeed.
~*Marge*~


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Martie
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6 posted 05-21-2000 02:08 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Deep and wise words and much food for thought.  Really enjoyed reading this wonderful piece!
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7 posted 05-21-2000 02:29 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Fabulous brian---loved it, no, LOVE it!  Hope ya don't mind me printing a copy, (y'see I keep this little book...well, it WAS little till I came to this Goldmine of Poetry...giggle)  but anyhoo--Bravo!  and thank you for this, much needed words to hear...
Sudhir Iyer
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8 posted 05-21-2000 02:37 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

I proclaim thee: Brian 'the brilliant' Madden.  

Tis true that a life-cycle is a cycle of many a life and death....

Great words from a brilliant personality...

Usually, I try to add a few words of my own, but here I am stupified and awed...

My muse just said, 'I shut up'

Regards, sudhir.

 Life is like a painting,
That in an art gallery is left hanging,
Though many come just to look at it,
A very few actually come to enjoy it.
Meadowmuse
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9 posted 05-21-2000 02:43 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

"My spirit, lulled of the tortures, is truly free."

I haven't anything clever to add to what has already been said, Brian...this is lovely, through and through...

~ Claire


 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

brian madden
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10 posted 05-21-2000 03:24 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Marge, sorry if I caused any confusion. thank you for your lovely words.

Thanks also Martie,

No problem with printing off a copy of the poem Serenity, it is just everytime someone looks at my poem in your book you have to charge them $5, I get 80% and you get 20% lol


WOW Sudhir, oh brilliant, I don't know?
Brian "Bashful" Madden maybe especially after your very kind words. My ego has expanded to its limits with all these kind words.

Thanks also Claire. Excuse while I pick up the pieces of my ego, it just exploded. Thank for all you kind words, I am going to go away and try to be humble again.    


Mike
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11 posted 05-21-2000 03:31 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Excellent poetry.  Enjoyed muchly.
Janet Marie
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12 posted 05-21-2000 03:37 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

*brown eyes is smiling from ear to ear*

WHY? because she TOLD YOU SO!! LOL
like i said my friend...
BETTER GET USE TO IT!!  

ahh...I just love when others prove me right!
I just love being right...(doesnt happen often)*smile*

thank you for such a sweet reply!
later Bri-gator...
jm
Irish Rose
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13 posted 05-22-2000 06:26 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I always feel a garden symbolizes life, as it goes in cycles., an excellent analogy

 Kathleen
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14 posted 05-23-2000 06:54 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Brian,

Now after such a wonderful and powerful read I am speechless AWESOME!!!

Love,  Cerenity
Elizabeth Santos
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15 posted 05-23-2000 07:10 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A refreshing and wonderful read. Who wrote it is not important, who reads it doesn't matter, who understands and lives it is  fortunate. Thank you for posting this
Liz
 
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