I thank Annie for sharing this lovely poem with me.
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~ Mary Oliver
The nice thing about such a poem is that I imagine it says many different things to different people. For me, it speaks of shared wonder at the power and presence of the Spirit among and around us.
The poem calls to my mind that section of the Sistine Chapel where God outstretches his finger to Adam. When two hands touch, the bond will never be broken...what great imagery to describe our relationship with the Divine, a mystery too marvellous to be understood.
The language also evokes the hand of a friend extended in love and caring, the bond of kindred spirits...friendship is itself a marvellous mystery! Let me keep company always with the friend who laughs with me in astonishment, who dreams of rising as I do, who shares my sense of wonder at the mysteries of creation. ♥
The wonders of creation too come to mind...explained by science, for sure, but nonetheless containing an underlying mystery. Science explains how, but does it adequately explain the why? The force that through the green fuse drives the flower (Dylan Thomas' words, of course, not mine.)