Verse 53

Bid on NFT

If I had the least bit of wisdom 
    I could follow the path of Tao quite well 
My only fear would be trying to go my own way 
The Great Path is simple and direct 
    yet people love to take the side-routes 
See how magnificent the courts have become 
The women are dressed in colourful gowns 
The men carry well-crafted swords 
Food and drink overflow 
Wealth and finery abound 
Yet in the shadow of all this splendour 
    the fields grow barren 
    the granaries are all buy empty 
I say this pomp at the expense of others 
    is like boasting of thieves after a looting 
Surely it is contrary to Tao 
Surely it cuts against the grain of the whole empire