bu dao zhi dao
— steven schroeder
To leave off making footprints is easy,
never to walk on the ground is hard.
Zhuangzi, I can’t tell you how many times I
have seen wingless creatures fly,
almost always when they leave off thinking
how to make wings.
putting feet on the ground, they leave
footprints no one else can miss. No,
never touching the ground is easy. Not
leaving footprints is another matter.
Even dull wanderers who stumble
upon them devote whole lives to divining
what wondrous creatures must have passed this way
before, never move again, transfixed by the site of them.