Yutang Lin

Quicksand everywhere, pausing step by step;
Gentle poking with one foot to find certainty.
Feeling shift of support, change station soon;
Don't run after mirage lest it comes to naught.


Situations in the world change rapidly; life is like walking on quicksand everywhere. Testing for certainty and reliability, changing position and course, reducing illusion and grasping; pausing step by step so that one might be spared the suffering of fall.

Written in Chinese on February 4, 2002
Translated on February 26, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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