and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.” —
Lao-Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
I was not in trouble right away, only later.
At first, I just looked at your jacket, hanging in the usual way on the hook on my office door, sable black I fancy now, slubbed silk for sure.
More than noticing, I was not in trouble yet.
But then I leaned into that jacket
And drew breath through it
Taking you into me,
Stunned to learn what trouble is.