To use words but rarely
Is to be natural.
Hence a gusty wind cannot last all morning, and a sudden downpour cannot last all day. Who is it that produces these? Heaven and earth. If even heaven and earth cannot go on forever, much less can man. That is why one follows the way.
A man of the way conforms to the way; a man of virtue conform to virtue; a man of loss* conforms to loss. He who conforms to the way is gladly accepted by the way; he who conforms to the virtue is gladly accepted by the virtue; he who conforms to loss is gladly accepted by loss.
Where there is not enough faith, there is lack of good faith.
Some words are sunset
Throwing shadows across the close of day;
The sun descends softly below the horizon.
Some words are sunrise
A child peers hopefully over the garden wall
His gaze drawing earth’s shadows inwards.
Some words are downpour
Floods course through the city’s streets
Strangers are clustered in dripping shelters.
Some words are cold winds
Who forbid flippant platitudes or cheer
Who push, slam doors and curse.
Long spring or summer’s days’ words
Words which follow the way gladly
Are sung by birds and distant callings.