Poem 2

When beauty is universally affirmed as beauty, therein is ugliness.

When goodness is universally affirmed as goodness, therein is evil.

Therefore: being and non-being complement each other.

Difficult and easy complement each other. 

Long and short contrast each other.   

High and low rest on each other.

Voice and tone harmonize each other

Front and back follow each other.      

Thus, the wise deals with things through non-interference

  and teaches through no-words.

All things flourish without interruption.

They grow by themselves, and no one possesses them.

Work is done, and no one depends on it.

Achievements are made, but no one claims credit,

Because no one claims credit, achievements last forever.