Poet's showcase

Less

By Matthew W. Schmeer


"We shape clay into a pot

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want."

-Lao-tzu, "Tao Te Ching"


Less is less

than emptiness

holds within its hollows,

less than what follows

between is and is not,

less than sharp shots

of harsh words,

less than what's heard

when an ear turns

against itself to learn

the lessons of a closed door,

a cold heart, a barren floor;

sometimes less is less,

yes, but sometimes less is more.

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