Pagosa Springs Artists

On the Importance of Wonder


More important then feeding family or cooking dinner,
More necessary than ironing, dusting or making beds,
More satisfying than weeding flowers or kneading bread
Is the need to nourish a spirit of wonder within myself.

Wonder at the gleaming green of uncut grass,
Wonder at flickers of silver in sunlit treetops,
Wonder at a synchronized flight of birds or fish,
Wonder at the workings of an amoeba or a mosquito,
Wonder at the unswerving reliability of the sun in its path.
Open to the interdependence of everything in the universe,
Loving all while detached from the need to own or control any,
Feeling responsible to pass on this love to another human today,
I resolve to attach henceforth the highest importance to wonder.


first published in Poetry of the Spirit Anthology

also published in Illinois State Poetry Society 

also published in PICTURE HEALING Chapbook

©2009 Bonnie Manion


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