"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystery



Let's talk about mystery,
no, not an Agatha C.'who-done-it?', 
think bigger than that, 
much, much bigger than that.

Take the human mind for instance,
the uncanny links between twins,
maternal instincts,
mysticism, 
quantum physics,
love (as more than chemistry),
or say.....the infinite Universe.

We humans like to pin things down
so we can get a firm grip on them;
we like to find the edges of ideas,
flesh them out until we can see and name
all that is woven into the whole,
so we can understand. 

We are uncomfortable with 'miracles',
that which goes against our reasoning,
so we wrestle with mystery until 
we manage to wring reason out of it 
and into a clean, glass beaker
to be measured and recorded,
contained,
tamed 
and named.

The brightest among us,
those whose intellects fly to the edges
of what we know and then push ahead,
are intimately acquainted with Mystery,
that which IS despite what must be,
what should be but isn't;
that which is just beyond our grasp,
waiting....
There, and waiting.

Language, 
the building block of civilizations,
is also a stumbling block to inhabiting Mystery.
(I do not say understanding.)
Perhaps when we have passed through 
the thin skin which shimmers between
this life and the next,
we will at last have eyes to see 
and Mystery will open itself before us
with a smile and a sigh.




Photo: the transit of Venus

  







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