A World of Endless Wonder

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
- Socrates

“When we touch this domain, we are filled with the cosmic force of life itself, we sink our roots deep into the black soil and draw power and being up into ourselves. We know the energy of the numen and are saturated with power and being. We feel grounded, centered, in touch with the ancient and eternal rhythms of life. Power and passion well up like an artesian spring and creativity dances in celebration of life.”
- David N. Elkins

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
- Rachel Carson

So many people seem blinded and deafened by the demands of our consumer driven society. I can’t help but laugh when I have been drawn in to admiring some roadside bit of overlooked Beauty for some timeless span of moments, and I look up to notice my own people looking at me with confusion and consternation as they hurry on their oblivious way. Yes, I am the strange one for finding Beauty and Wonder in the most commonplace things. So be it.

I would happily trade the stale gray world of bills, paychecks and rush rush rushing to be on time, for the continued ability to be struck dumb with wonder at a spider’s web strewn with dewy gems, to lose all track of time while watching a flock practice their take offs and landings, for those priceless moments so few seem to treasure like I do. My kind aren’t a large tribe, but I know we are scattered around the world just as surely as the Sun will rise each morning, even if we can’t see it shining behind the clouds. We happy few may yet bring vision and hearing back to our siblings lost in the concrete jungles.

This lovely vibrant vine is a Birdhouse Gourd added to our garden this year. Wonderful company, it’s white blooms are quite large and the wonder of each tiny soft gourd swelling from the remains of those blooms is boundless. They seem so soft and delicate at this stage that I hesitate to rearrange the vine where it might find a better hold, as if the lightest touch might dent it’s tenderness. I find myself holding my breath as I bend close to drink in the wonder of its newness.

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