The Teacher says


You’ll know when to step up

read the signs.


Doesn’t he know I need to keep hidden?


It’s a habit, invisibility,

a useful one

Except when the call comes


The Teacher says,

Walk through the fear.


I don’t have that skill.


But what if it’s what I’m born to do?

The next thing that

leads to the next, and so on.


Then he says,

Failure is inevitable


Are you beginning to get the picture?


One’s fate isn’t like building a deck

or buying a car.

Specific advice just won’t do.


Lau Tzu, the Tao te Ching guy,

He had the knack.

It is what it is, he might say today.


But it probably isn’t.

4 thoughts on “Teacher

  1. I love the conversational tone of this poem. It makes the reader feel like they’re listening to a chat that maybe they shouldn’t be listening to, but they’re glad they did. Any talk where Lao Tzu makes an appearance is OK by me.

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