Beware of Words

Slender reed busily rustles.
The same gust
barely creaks the knotted oak.

Conceited eloquence chatters of stale past
Belittled struggle sharpens keen alert
Yielding humility presents wisdom live.

The honoured prayer wheel
tiredly turns in hopeful belief
drones to the bird’s song.


Wolfgang Köhler

27 September 1997
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