Colin F. Jones

FROM A SAMURAI

Beware the man who commits no wrong,
And who smiles when he should be sad,
And he who claims himself as strong,
Is best considered bad.
Vicissitudes don’t reveal the nature of man,
And scholars hide their fear and greed,
It is better to be silent if you can,
When you commit a glorious deed.
Even good things that are carried far,
Can become a heavy load,
And if you need to ask where you are,
Remember the direction from which you strode
For wiser folk have lost their way,
Outside their own abode.