"Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful."
To follow yesterday's talk about suffering, I want to think about something wonderful. The word might be overused, and we might have forgotten its root meaning.
wonder: state of amazed admiration or awe
wonderful: outstanding, amazing, magnificent, breathtaking, astonishing
Mr. Ammons was a fine poet noted for his nature poetry. He looked closely at the natural world... a wave, the bark of a tree, the sand beneath his feet... and found the beauty in it.
But he says "anything" and I think "anything" includes people, and maybe even things we make or situations we take part in. If we look closely enough, so many things can make a person feel awe.
The eye of a fly through an electron microscope is magnificent. That a guy can hit a fastball going 90 miles an hour with a thin stick inspires awe. The ordinary telephone, a plastic device that carries my voice to your ear the instant I speak, is an amazing invention. A painting, a poem, a marriage lasting 50 years, a child's curiosity...
I went around the yard and took photos of some wonderful things, but they're just the tip of the iceberg of stuff around us that can induce admiration if we only look closely...