1251. We strain to renew our capacity to wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. ~Shana Alexander

What
if you were
a beetle,
and a soft wind

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and a certain allowance of time
had summoned you
out of your wrappings,
and there you were,

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so many legs
hardening,
maybe even
more than one pair of eyes

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and the whole world
in front of you?
And what if you had wings
and flew

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into the garden,
then fell
into the up-tipped
face

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of a white flower,
and what if you had
a sort of mouth,
a lip

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to place close
to the skim
of honey
that kept offering itself –

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what would you think then
of the world
as, night and day,
you were kept there –

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oh happy prisoner –
sighing, humming,
roaming
that deep cup?
~How Everything Adores Being Alive,
by Mary Oliver

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Isaiah 40:29  ✝

**Photos 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 by Mandy Disher; images 2, 3, 5 via Pinterest

15 thoughts on “1251. We strain to renew our capacity to wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. ~Shana Alexander

  1. Lovely N.
    I thought of you tonight. I received an invitation to be a part of a team to minister to women in Paris and surroundings later this month. I have to give my response by tomorrow. Praying about it.
    Love and hugs 🙂 ❤

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      • I know eh. Unfortunately I don’t think it will happen. I have to give my answer by today because the plane tickets are at a promotional price of more or less $500 US. I would have to pay for my flight but everything else is included. Last night I sent out a prayer and financial request to supporters and churches I have relationship with, but no one has responded. Of course it’s still early in the US and Canada. Who knows? Well see. I’ve basically just put it in God’s hands.
        Bless you N. 🙂 ♡

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