Absence

Spokes on the Water

 

“Thirty spokes gathered at each hub:

absence makes the cart work.

A storage jar fashioned out of clay:

Absence makes the jar work

Doors and windows cut in a house:

Absence makes the house work

Presence gives things their value,

but absence makes them work.”

 

Lao Tzu’s poem was translated by David Hinton.

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