Shou Hsing, God of Longevity, from CHINESE FOLK DESIGNS compiled by W. M. Hawley

ddj 76 & 78
Hypostasis of the Soft Way

       You come with softly yielding steps
       sensuous in all your ways
       I stand here stiffly
       holding you at arm's length.

       What am I:
       but a handful of clay, worked with water
       fire-baked & breathed into by you.

       What do I do:
       but receive from your hand earthen clods
       and take and eat thereof
       and in the eating
       know you.

Frank John Culley

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