Lao Tzu

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

capital crimes

capital crimes

what if I lusted after time

instead of money—

or love—

what if

I am happier being nobody, skipping

into paradise while peeling

an orange—

what if

I settled for the slow, ambling
cello I would later
weep over   —what if
I wept—

what if I suffered no sophisitcates,
preferring instead the company
of plants —seedlings
weeds,   tiny   insignificant
populations—  what if I

mostly loved a turtle, as shy
as myself       —what if I
undid the pawl of parent
preachings, letting fly
the mechanism of my life—

what if all I owned was less
than sparse, from days roused
in solitude, within a humble terrain
of contentment—

what if all I ever risked was
everything  —for a life

who would be my judge—&
who would be my executioner?