By nature we speak few words—
after all, high winds don’t last
all morning; a downpour
does not fall all day.
Why? Because even the earth,
even the sky, can’t stay violent long.
When we study the way
of the creative universe,
those pursuing it agree with us,
and those practicing it agree with us,
and even those failing to live up to
their aspirations agree with us.
When we study the way,
those attempting to practice it
agree with us, and those attempting
to pursue it agree with us, and
even those who don’t even try
agree with us.
But when we stop
our own attempts,
everyone loses faith.