Earth & Yang


If you’re planning an invasion, build your own fortress first.


They raised the outer walls;
Outer walls, soaring high.
They raised the inner gate;
The inner gate, strond as stone.
They raised the great earth-fortress
When the campaigns began.


There is little to add to this. 
Its meaning is clear. 
Prepare well for any venture; 
in particular, prepare for failures and disappointments 
as well as triumphs. 
Hopefully you will succeed, 
but if not, 
then you will be able to survive the disappointments. 

©Loes Raaphorst 10/2005