Once More, on the Empty Mountain

[green_message] All of this might seem off the point of the poem, except for the fact that hexagram twenty-four

consists of ?ve yin lines (dark, wet like moss or, even better, like lichen deep in a grove) being revisited, in the sixth place (by convention, the bottom of the hexagram is where a new line enters, bringing about change), by the yang line, which the poet presents embodied as sunlight. The picture this line of the poem paints is of a shaft of light reentering a grove, and the sun (yang) coming again into the place of yin, to begin again in a flash that is enlightening but not blinding—the rebirth of the simplicity that builds toward the complexity of the world. Through the use of an allusion, the Zen of the poem is to be found in a Confucian classic.