Body and soul
integrated as one.
Concentrate Qì 
Baby-like? Wash and cleanse
the profound mirror. 
Love the people and
govern a country.
Do doing-without-doing (wěi-wú-wěi)?
The door of heaven
Opens and closes.
The four directions.
[Give birth to it
and breed it, begetting
but without owning;
ruling. This is called
“profound Dé”] 
 Besides being one of the hardest of the poems to translate, we have here #10 specific mention of 氣, Qì: this word has been diversely translated into English as energy, force, spirit, breath, etc. However, these translations are inadequate as they reduce the notion to one aspect or profile. Even the Chinese do not have a standard definition of the term, even in qì gōng.
 The heart.
 Literally, the question is “cannot female?” We interpret this to refer to Yin or the feminine principle which can be characterized as that which yields.
 Interpolation carried over from poem 51 and it may not be an original part of this poem. Could very likely be added to help it even make sense to the ancient scribes collecting the poems.
- Daodejing 11 (keithwaynebrown.com) [forthcoming]
- Daodejing 9 (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Daodejing 1 (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Daodejing 38 Redux (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Daodejing 20 (keithwaynebrown.com)