bu dao zhi dao

chinese sign ©papa osmubal

chinese sign ©papa osmubal

bu dao zhi dao
steven schroeder

To leave off making footprints is easy,
never to walk on the ground is hard.
          Zhuangzi

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.
                                  Never
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.

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