Thursday, April 26, 2007

expanding on wonder

Wonder is walking out the same door, looking out the same window, walking the same path every day and seeing something new each time; or if not seeing something new, seeing something as it had never been seen before, or as if it had never been seen before.

Wonder is the deep sigh, the gasp upon spotting an eagle, the inward smile upon being serenaded by a sparrow. It is what makes one take notice of the smallest starflower, a butterfly, or a gleaming-winged unnamed insect.

Wonder is the sense of how every note in a Mozart symphony is just right, just as it should be, and how did one mere mortal conjure up the One True Voice?

Wonder defies words. To reduce a sudden sensation of wonder to a vocalized exclamation is to trivialize it. I feel pretty silly when I hear myself utter "Cool!" when I behold a soaring eagle. An eagle isn't cool. An eagle just is.

Note: I got into a groove at work today, and I wrote this out with pen on a scrap of paper, in about fifteen minutes. I haven't edited or added to it, yet. Let me know where I should go with this.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't do anything to it!

Manerva said...

Where to go? Submit it, I'm not sure where, but I know other people would love to read it. I think it's wonderful as is.

Lynne said...

Deb- you gave me goosebumps! One true voice? You've got it.

greg said...

I agree, I don't know what else could be done, it's beautiful as it is!!

Isn't the feeling you got when writing this almost as rewarding as the product?

Keep it coming!

Deb said...

Thanks for the encouraging words. Greg, you're right, it was thrilling to just let the words fly!

I'm hoping to do more stuff like this, just sitting down and free writing regularly. For one thing, it is FUN, but I'm also trying to hone my writing skills...I'd eventually like to take a new career direction, one that involves writing.

Madcap said...

I haven't known what to say, Deb, b/c it's got my mind travelling in so many directions. But it's beautiful. Deep calls unto deep.

Floridacracker said...

I experience wonder when I read something like that :)

Keep flowing. Wonder is the essential ingredient to learning.

Larry said...

It resonates with me.-Nice piece of writing!