Beach I Ching 16: #43 Guai

#43 Guai Resolute

Will life spill over, fall from the heavens,
cascading down below, overflowing its limits, breaking through?
How to become the ritual that includes, gathers,
distributes everything as if it belonged to all.

Spirit dancing on currents, following the vibrating lines
of a delicate web, through portals, ancient stories
that talk of roots, the branches of trees
keeping the world order balanced and growing—true.

Everyone is born with the ability to make a choice.

You cannot stop the spread of lies by spreading more lies.

Fear stalks its own reflection.

The call of truth involves danger.

A compromise with evil is not possible.

Move at the abiding center of things and you never go astray.
–David Hinton

I started my Beach I Ching series the first year Nina and I began our blog, 2014, when I was photographing the things I had collected on the beach and noticed they formed hexagrams. I did a lot of them the first two years and then they fell by the wayside. But each trip to the beach I photographed more. One of my intentions for the past two years is to get back to doing them.

In Guai the water is above, the heavens below. It is a time when renewal is possible, a breakthrough. But it is a mistake to go about this cleansing in a negative way. And remember to be generous, and share the bounty. Be resolute and persevere.

You can see the rest of the I Ching series here and here.

The poem is in the Bagua form, which consists of 8 lines of 8 words each, divided into 2 stanzas.

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21 responses to “Beach I Ching 16: #43 Guai”

  1. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, have you thought about finishing the series of hexagrams and publishing them with your artwork. Please think about it. The world needs this kind of healing.

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    So cool. Love the arrangements of beach “debris” and your poems.

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    I too would love to see more of these. They are meaningful and calming.

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    HI Kerfe, I am always fascinated by your lovely artwork. This is a wonderful poem – words to live by.

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  5. merrildsmith says :

    I love this circling, connecting–beach, world, poetry, art. I’m with the others in wanting to see more, and a collection would be wonderful.

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  6. ben Alexander says :

    I simply love how every component of your post(s) flows so naturally into the others. I’ve written one bagua – it was fun – I should probably go back to that form!


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  7. Laura Bloomsbury says :

    the hexagrams are both original, beautiful and interesting – I shall never look at beach offerings again without thinking of your I Ching

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  8. Ingrid says :

    I’d love to know more about I Ching and hexagrams: I feel there is a whole world of knowledge there to be tapped into. I love this idea!

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