Something Wonderful

When I chanced upon this lovely poem while leafing through my beloved mom Dorothy’s book, One Thousand Beautiful Things,I knew I wanted to share it with you:

by Walt Whitman

Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the
edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with anyone I love, or sleep in bed at night
with anyone I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining
so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread
with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim — the rocks — the motion of the waves —
the ships with men in them.
What stranger miracles are there?

May we all see with the eyes of wonder, every day, every moment.


About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Something Wonderful

  1. Toby says:

    A friend of mine, Michael Kogan, who was head of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Montclair State for many years used to say “A miracle is any event seen through the eyes of a believer.” I always liked it, despite not knowing if tsunamis and tornados counted. I think Whitman’s poem handles the same idea beautifully. As I walk a Montclair street now, and see the first red-leafed trees of fall, I know just what he meant. Blessings–moments of God-consciousness–abound.

  2. HI Toby,

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment — I know exactly what you mean.
    After reading Whitman’s poem, I am finding myself surrounded by miracles.
    I took several classes with the wonderful Dr. Kogan and treasure the time
    I spent with him — truly a gifted teacher and wonderful human being.

    Write on,

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