I get so wrapped up in the tasks at hand that mystery and wonder often disappear from my experience. The character of that absence varies. Sometimes mystery and wonder feel far away, but usually they feel palpable, as near as my skin, likely to appear at any moment, in any circumstance.
That said, mystery and wonder are not at my beck and call. I can look for them, and often I find them, but I don’t have a sense that they appear at my command.
Denise Levertov’s poem, “Primary Wonder” arrived today, sent by a friend who knows very well what I like.
I’ve known of Levertov’s work, had looked at some, but none of it grabbed me before, not like this poem did. I read her poem and immediately wrote my own in response, paired with the photo above.
- Mary wrote: Another WINNER. Thanks Danny.
- Craig wrote: Herr Burgermeister, you lay in the bed you make! [Craig is referring to an article that appeared in the Handelsblatt newspaper in 2012 naming me as the “burgermeister” of the Village of Arden, Delaware.]
- Ellen wrote: another wow-eee!
- Tom wrote: Love the picture and the poetry, Danny. I’ve had those very thoughts myself.
- Marian wrote: O, Danny. such a comfort this for me. I thank you
- Patricia wrote: Did you write the line “and other improbable problems I never dreamed would be mine” for me? I think this line every day.
- Pat wrote: I read and reread your poem this week. For me, I was reminded to take my cares to God and leave them there. What a privilege that is! Proverbs 3:5&6. Your personal touch to the poem gave me a better grasp of your intentions and was “sweet”. I enjoyed looking at the wonderful pictures on your blog. Every one has a story. Thank you, I look forward to seeing more.
- The author wrote: “Do not rely on your own insight” is part of Proverbs 3:5&6. That might mean I should rely on my readers insights. I do.