Sunday, November 04, 2007

A Poem Draft

A Meditation on Reading the Analects

Ruler's character, wind-like;
subject's character, grass-like:
wind blows, grass bends.

Prince to be prince,
minister, minister:
that is government.

To remember, not tiring,
to practice, not turning:
that is government.

To accept wise counsel,
to exalt the virtuous:
that is government.

To bless the near,
to lure the far:
that is government.

Not to rush, not to niggle,
to pardon with ease:
that is government.

To stand, the star
on which all stars turn:
that is government.

Not to govern oneself
is to fail to govern:
no government, no government.

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