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The Tao Broadened Horizons Contest

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The Tao Broadened Horizons Contest


“Cannot be named
Cannot be found,”
For in this effort--this person
Into non-Tao becomes wound.
The Tao was before time’s beginning.
The Tao is not found in complex systems,
But is revealed by listening to the heart,
To the oneness of all living things,
The honoring of all beings.
There is the start!
For the Tao has been
Endowed by nature to all. 
Therefore, no need for grasping.
The Tao is to be found
In the silence between breaths,
By seals in the waves
Jumping in play,
By a caring hand on a 
Fevered brow, there is the Way.
Father Merton wonders
Did St Francis join with the Tao,
And the Buddha  sitting under the Bodhi tree
Who showed
A way to end suffering
Brought on by attachment to anger, 
Delusion and greed.
Thus the way of Tao, simplicity,
Release attachment to  things.
The Tao has been called “Mother
Of all  Truth and Life.”
This humble person must stop 
For all this explaining is non-Tao
So she will stop 
She will stop right NOW!


Referenced in many ways: “The Way of Chuang Tzu” by Thomas Merton.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2010 10:49:00 PM
    really cute ending to go with your explanation of Tao!! Is this for Deb's contest? You seem to know alot on the topic! Merry Christmas to you. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 2:03:00 AM
    our words their language or vice versa.john i enjoyed very much

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 5:29:00 PM
    I thought it said taco...my eyes keep playing tricks on me! lol

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:48:00 PM
    Beautiful writing here, Linda and a well-deserved win in Deborah's contest. Congratulations!!

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 2:54:00 PM
    Congrats Linda on your winning poem in Debbie's contest with this wonderful write and unique piece on the theme chosen.. bravo my friend.. enjoy your win.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 11:12:00 AM
    Congratulations Linda on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Broad Horizons". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 11:59:00 AM
    The idea of simplicity and releasing "attachment to things" is very appealing. There is much to be said for adhering to such a philosophy. Excellent write, Linda, you brought the message to us in images and words to which we can all relate. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 11:10:00 AM
    There are so many amazing poems written and posted everyday here at PoetrySoup. The poets here grow with each poem they write. It is a pleasure to read them and I am so happy yours is among them today Linda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 5:54:00 PM
    Nice thoughts on Tao, the mother of all truth and life