The Yellow Middle

Surveyors of Olympus,

In Taoism, the middle path to the yellow castle where the emperor sits, can only be approached by a reconciliation of the Yin and Yang polarities.  This coincidence of opposites is the merger of our reason and passion. Neither holding sway, but maintaining a delicate balance shall lead one to self-knowledge. Understanding of the Hidden Law will remain asymptotic if we divest ourselves from feeling. Reason and passion should be united in matrimony.

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The Hidden Law

The Hidden Law does not deny
Our laws of probability,
But takes the atom and the star
And human beings as they are,
And answers nothing when we lie.

It is the only reason why
No government can codify,
And legal definitions mar
The Hidden Law.

Its utter patience will not try
To stop us if we want to die:
When we escape It in a car,
When we forget It in a bar,
These are the ways we’re punished by
The Hidden Law.

-W.H. Auden

Thought you might enjoy some balance after Sunday’s homage to the left brain.

One love,

HJ

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

4 Responses to The Yellow Middle

  1. That’s really good! Thank you, Henry :)

  2. ptero9 says:

    Yes, love the poem and the thoughts. Missing your Sunday matinees too as I am still away from home. Have a few minutes to catch up on reading posts though….

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Hi Debra.
      Hope things are well, all things considered. Once again, my deepest sympathies for your loss. The eternal march is never easy to come to terms with despite our knowledge of its certainty.
      I am glad that you enjoyed the share and Sunday matinees will be waiting when you return :)

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