Favor and disgrace are meaningless

by Wu Cailan

English version by Thomas Cleary
Original Language Chinese

Favor and disgrace are meaningless --
What's the use of contending?
Drifting clouds do not obstruct the shining moonlight.
Let the ox and the horse be called,
To both I can respond --
But how could I let a speck of dust
Into the city of the mind?

-- from Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women, Edited by Thomas Cleary

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