no tricks

by Yun-k'an Tzu

English version by Jerome P. Seaton
Original Language Chinese

no tricks
          nothing doing.
the sun and moon endure their rush
and don't grow old.
sail backwards?
row against the flow?
to hell with that.
you'd better be known
for being
          quiet.

-- from Wine of Endless Life: Taoist Drinking Songs from the Yuan Dynasty, Edited by Jerome P. Seaton

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no tricks