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Thursday, May 16, 2019

In Place: An Album 2

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retired from public life, she moves in, old
eight books she's written here 
not bad books, yet she must admit
she has failed to save the world




















"Failing to save the world" in this instance means having attempted, without much impact, to promote to society at large an agrarian subsistence lifestyle as a response to resource depletion and climate change. Those who speak for corporations proved to have the louder voice, and like many others the old woman has been worn down considerably. She is trying a new approach.

To glorify the Way what should people turn to?
To words and deeds that agree
But oceans of greed never fill up
and sprouts of delusion keep growing


Shiwu (Stonehouse) (after Red Pine, tr.)

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