If you try to grab hold of the world
And do what you want with it,
You won’t succeed.
The world is a vessel for spirit, and
It wasn’t made to be manipulated.
Tamper with it, and you’ll spoil it.
Hold it, and you’ll lose it.
From: Te Tao te Ching
Of Lao Tzu
Translated by Brian Browne Walker
Collection Shanghai Museum
Tang period Hua You pottery
A glaze which sets splashes of sky-blue or moon-white.
On a black yellowish brown or yellow blue ground.