wonder: “The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.” ~  Henryk Skolimowski

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Indeed, wonder and awe can … bring about an epiphany … render us speechless … but can also evoke passionate words or poetry stemming from the “deep within” … a form of creativity arising from silence : “… From your Silence comes creativity  …”  ~ Jean Klein

Of course, one of the greatest examples of the poetry art form arising from the “deep within” is Rumi : his realization (in the depths of inconsolable grief of missing and searching for Shams) that he was already (and always) That which he was searching for; resulted in him uttering amazing poetry (scribed by others) over the last 30 years of his life – that continues to enthrall millions across the globe some 700+ years later …

Today, we offer some small examples of such wonder through William Wordsworth : one of the founders of English Romanticism … also “… remembered as a poet of spiritual and epistemological speculation, a poet concerned with the human relationship to nature and a fierce advocate of using the vocabulary and speech patterns of common people in poetry …”

So, … pause … read … reflect … pause … read again … reflect deeper … and see what is revealed … 🙂

Wonder: The Rainbow

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My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;

So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die!

The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.

It is a beauteous evening

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;

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The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the Sea:
Listen! the mighty Being is awake,

And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder—everlastingly.

Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:

Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year;
And worship’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not.

~ William Wordsworth

Above poems are excerpted from from The Book Of Listening by Jean Klein and are published here with the publisher  New Sarum Press generous permission.

Wonder and awe help us remember our humanity … that we are all part of one universal family … so, to honor that “family spirit,” let us help our fellow family members in Ukraine … in whatever way we can … so here are some options:

1) NPR: Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help

2) Washington PostHere’s how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine.

3) Go Fund Me: How to Help: Donate to Ukraine Relief Efforts.

4) USA Today: Want to support the people of Ukraine? These apps and websites can help you send money.

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We are all facing financial challenges but IF your situation allows you to donate and help then please do so …


Wordsworth related excerpt (“… remembered as …”) from Poetry Foundation.
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