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Dear Listers,
   
  I love to share with you a poem by William Carlos Williams
  -- to me a symbolic representation of The Bhagavad Gita's notion
  of detachment, of detached action, and of the state of bliss
  at "the still point of the turning world" (as Eliot put it).
   
  Enjoy!
   
  CR
   
  -----
   
  The inner freedom from the practical desire,
The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving...
   
                                         ~ T.S. Eliot, 'Four Quartets'
   
   
  THE BULL
   
  It is in captivity --
  ringed, haltered, chained
  to a drag
  the bull is godlike
   
  Unlike the cows
  he lives alone, nozzles
  the sweet grass gingerly
  to pass the time away
   
  He kneels, lies down
  and stretching out
  a foreleg licks himself
  about the hoof
   
  then stays
  with half-closed eyes
  Olympian commentary on
  the bright passage of days.
   
  -- The round sun
  smooth his lacquer
  through the glossy pinetrees
   
  his substance hard
  as ivory or glass --
  through which the wind
  yet plays --
                   milkless
   
  he nods
  the hair between his horns
  and eyes matted
  with hyacinthine curls
   
      ~ William Carlos Williams

       
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