The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
4 Poems in BOMB Magazine
I wrote these while I was a software testing consultant at a very large energy company. I did 70% of my six-month testing assignment in one day, so I had a lot of time to think about the dress code. Once I was the talk of the office because I doodled a spine. Nothing is either good or bad.