Remembering the Joy in Living

Today, I’m going to share two poems.  The first encapsulates what I feel when I open the windows and doors in the spring–and hear the wind in the trees, the birdsong in the air, the chatter of squirrels, the rush of the stream down below.  The second is my experience now.  I can’t find God, but I do see Him everywhere around me.

I offer these sweet gifts to you on a Thursday morning.

I Thank You

E. Cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

I Unpetalled You

Juan Ramón Jiménez (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

I unpetalled you, like a rose,
to see your soul,
and I didn’t see it.

But everything around
–horizons of lands and of seas–,
everything, out to the infinite,
was filled with a fragrance,
enormous and alive.

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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