Tao of Water

Lake in the morning
wavelets coming in
ripples going out
moving like tai chi

circular cloud hands
no resistance
no obstacle
no struggle

The water
the waves
the river
gliding molecules

a lesson on how to move
through a current
through a crowd
through life

as if there were no obstacle
there is no obstacle
wavelets lapping in
through ripples slipping out


About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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6 Responses to Tao of Water

  1. An excellent lesson for moving ahead in life, no obstacles stop us if we think there are none. Positive frame of mind helps us on our journey.


  2. marousia says:

    Lovely poem – enjoyed the fluidity of the words

  3. Libby says:

    This is beautiful, what a wonderful analogy, I shall never look at waves the same again.

  4. I do agree that your words flow like water here. Very nice, Chris.

  5. chris says:

    Thank you everyone, for your comments!

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