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There is a time for action, but not now;
Preserve your latent energies; just watch.
The case is critical, and if you botch
This exercise, it might derange the Dao--
No! Dao eternal, solid as the sea,
Cannot be modified by you or me
You might well ask, "in what way are we free,
If ultimately Dao is destiny?"

Like gravity, the Dao is weak, but firm
We're bound for paradise at end of day
But we may choose our path along The Way--
We walk or crawl or dance or march or squirm.
The Dao conveys a message, deep and true
Without prescribing what we are to do.

-- JJM = #33 in the I Ching Sonnet Project


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