As Far As You Go

Epictetus, from The Handbook, #39.

Just as a shoe
is as far as your
foot goes, so
your body is all
you have of
possessions.

Stop there and you’ve 
measured rightly.
Go further and . . .
go over a cliff—

Just as a shoe loses
purpose when first
it’s purple; then gilded;

then covered in jewels. 

After anything goes

beyond proper fit, it
just keeps going.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s