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One whose character takes on the nature of the way

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one
whose
character
takes on
the nature
of the way
resembles
a baby

wasps
don't
sting it
buzzards
fly past,
ignoring
it
wild beasts
don't even
paw at it
its bones
bend,
its sinews
ripple,
yet
its grasp
is
firm
ignorant
of the intercourse
of male
and female,
its genitals
swell,
vitality
at a peak
it cries
all day
without
getting
hoarse,
because
it is
whole
building
muscle
and mind
risks
bad luck
wanting
too much
just
uses up
your breath
working
to be
tough
just makes

an opening for
decay
such
striving,
such struggling

goes
against
the way
Poof!
whatever
goes
against
the way
soon dies
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