You are good when you strive to give of yourself.
Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself,
for when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings
to the earth to nurish by its breast.

In your longing for your larger self lies your goodness
and that longing is in all of you.
In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness:
and that longing is in all of you.

But in some of you that longing is a torrent
rushing with might to the sea,
carrying the secrets of the hillsides
and the songs of the forest.


And in others it is a flat stream that loses
itself in angles and bends and lingers
before it reaches the shore.

But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little,
"Wherefore are you slow and halting?"
For the truly good ask not the naked,
"Where is your garment?" nor the houseless,
"What has befallen your house?"