Something Hidden In The Brightness of Day *



Fortunes lie on the ocean floor

the glow of gold grows dim

under the weight of ancient waves

currency becomes spurious.


Mark my words, young lady—

forests will cover these cities one day.

You will live to see it

with your own two eyes.


Mile upon mile of broken pavement

plagued by wildflower, thistle and thorn

a parade of ruin, strewn out reckless—

Verdancy triumphant in every direction.


Then one day, after you’ve gone

the oceans will slowly recede

Inland dwellers will take leave to new islands

and find something hidden

in the brightness of day.


*Title taken from a line in the 36th canto of the William Scott Wilson translation of The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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