Where the Pot’s Not



Thirty spokes
meet in the hub.
Where the wheel isn’t
is where it’s useful.



Hollowed out,
clay makes a pot.
Where the pot’s not
is where it’s useful.



Cut doors and windows
to make a room.
Where the room isn’t,
there’s room for you.



So the profit in what is
is in the use of what isn’t.



– Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11. Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)


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