Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

For Alexis

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The body of 13-year-old Alexis “Lexie” Glover was found Friday 1/9/09 in a shallow creek near  McCoart Administration Building (Prince William County, VA), two days after she went missing. Alexis had sickle cell anemia and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as autism. Alexis was adopted when she was six.  Her mother was found guilty of murder.

For Alexis

One needn’t know the river
to know the way it flows–
that is the way the Buddha knew
beneath the Bodhi tree.
He, emptying his mind into water,
washing his thoughts away,
came to understand an afterlife:

The feather becoming the fawn,
Banyan tree lighting the dawn,
immortality of everyone’s energy,
the no-banks-needed mind.
The shell of every walnut
rises up to drink, while parching
Orchid tongues finally are wetted.

Speaking in the language of trickles–
that is how it is
even for the smallest stream:
flowing, rising, flowing,
then weeping one more time,
go peaceful little girl,
into ocean again.

Katherine Gotthardt
Copyright January 14, 2009

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Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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