Open or Close

Yutang Lin

Transient life is like duckweed floating on a stream;
Entanglements eventually are torn apart by currents.
More grasping renders even narrower, just tasteless;
Once open and flow is learned, enjoy it as a fun ride.


How could a tiny self control the whole situation?
Lacking this insight, one remains vainly annoyed.
Seeing that only openness will yield smooth flow,
One lives without conflicts to enjoy a way of ease.

Written in Chinese and translated on October 4, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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