A modest attempt to explain some taoist ideas. There is no perfect way in any language to describe most of what I'm trying to convey, so bear with me. If anyone takes anything from this poem, it's more than I could have hoped for.
I am really trying to avoid cliché ideas here; it shouldn't sound like typical carpe diem stuff. I hesitate to explain details of it, so people can get their own ideas from it, but I will touch on some points for clarification
the first two lines are kind of a disclaimer, which reflects the idea "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the true Tao." It is the poetic equivalent to the first paragraph in this description i'm writing now, lol
The next part refers to René Descartes, who was a brilliant scientist and mathematician, but not such a brilliant philosopher. The poem explains that his famous statement, "Cogito ergo sum" or "I think, therefore I am" is a false, egotistical idea. The reference to "Western thought" explains that it typically is more self-centered. Eastern philosophy (i.e. Buddhism, Taoism, etc.) is not. It will help you understand taoism more if you throw out the idea of the "self"
hope you enjoy