Unspoiled Wonders

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge:
On Wonder (posted by Sherry)

On the mountain tonight the full moon
faces the full sun. Now could be the moment
when we fall apart or we become whole.
Our time seems to be up—I think I even hear it stopping.
Then why have we kept up the singing for so long?
Because that’s the sort of determined creature we are.
Before us, our first task is to astonish,
and then, harder by far, to be astonished.

– from the poem “Astonishment”, by Galway Kinnell

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

― Albert Einstein

“Every day reminds us of the goodness of humans. We are bathed in sunrises and sunsets beautiful enough to break your heart. How trees hold hands under the forest floor, that male seahorses give birth, how many colourful starfish cling to the rocky cliffs at the shore – the fact that we wake up in the morning, able to see, to stand, to walk – all of it is an amazement to me. Life’s beauty can bring me to my knees, with the ache of how transient and fleeting it all is, this beautiful life.”

“For our challenge, let’s contemplate these topics : awe, amazement, astonishment, wonder.

Give us a moment, small or large, full of wonder. Employ whatever form you wish, and use as many or few lines as you need to take us there.”

My country amazes me
with silver rivers,
and white mountains

My country astonishes me
with its mix of people,
and new cultures to learn

My country awes me
with breath-taking blue oceans,
and towering redwood trees

My country’s people cause me to stop
and wonder what happened.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Unspoiled Wonders

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh yes. This is how I feel. I hope our spirits rise again.

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  2. jaerose37 says:

    How easily wonder can be knocked by reality – I hope the beauty of the world always wins over reality

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  3. Kerry says:

    It is a sad day when patriotism is called into doubt.

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  4. Rall says:

    Well something has happened…and it is not good

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  5. Sherry Marr says:

    Right now Greta Thunberg is here in Canada rallying thousands everywhere. It shows how many of us needed that hope and that action. I am not sure why everyone is not marching on Washington to get that – individual – out of office.

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  6. Carrie V. H. says:

    This is truly inspiring Sara!

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  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    We are more than one person – of course we are still amazing.

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  8. I hope for the wonder to happen.


  9. Helen L Dehner says:

    We are a completely divided nation, I am not certain that will change in my lifetime.


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