Power of the Great
The power of the sage at last made whole—
This is the moment when temptation’s high.
Two opposite, conflicting forces vie
For mastery of the great master’s soul.
For many lifetimes has he purified
His motives, his desires and his intent.
Though t’ward the temporal his thoughts are bent,
There still remains the option to decide:
To lead from obscurity is not hard.
His subtle magic works, but stays unknown.
This is the safest path, and viable—
Or, choosing worldly pow’r he’s liable
To soften and enjoy the crowd’s regard,
Then see his fortunes plummet like a stone.
—JJM = #34 from the I Ching Sonnet Project