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The way is always beyond naming

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the way
is
always
beyond naming
tiny
as the germ
that first
started us
no one
can claim
he's king
over the way
  whatever
ruler
holds tight
to the way
wins all
heaven
and earth

send
manna
like dew
the people
keep
order
without
any laws
but
once
the first
simplicity
gets split up
names
occur,
categories,
divisions:
cry, enough!
isn't it
time
to stop?
how else
sidestep disaster?
streams
flowing into
rivers
lakes
spilling into
oceans
the world
pours into
the way
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