THE LOST PEARL: a Taoist poem by Chuang Tzu, interpreted by Thomas Merton

The Yellow Emperor went wandering
To the north of the Red Water
To the Kwan Lun mountain. He looked around
Over the edge of the world. On the way home
He lost his night-colored pearl
He sent out Science to seek his pearl, and got nothing
He sent out Analysis to look for his pearl, and got nothing
He sent out Logic to seek his pearl, and got nothing
Then he asked Nothingness, and Nothingness had it!

The Yellow Emperor said:
“Strange indeed: Nothingness
Who was not sent
Who did not work to find it
Had the night-colored pearl!”

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