Not exalting the gifted prevents quarrelling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.
The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
If people lack knowledge and desire, then intellectuals will not try to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.
Feathers, found treasures. Still Life.
Painting, I thought about friends in hospital. The feathers became angels sending healing – a wing, a prayer, a focus to mediate on, to stay steady and send love. Feathers holding light, air, space.
A long day painting, absorbed by delicacy.
I read the text many times, ‘strengthening bones’ resonated.
Wing feathers flying through the air. Miracle structures. Lifting up.
Walking to strengthen bone…my injured foot, delicate but functional.
The day was cold, bitter. I didn’t walk.
Maisie, my dog, didn’t want to be out in the day more than necessary either.