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Everyday Mystery: How Can We Express That Beauty These Days, Beyond the Old Ways?

How can we find words for “everyday mystery” these days? And I mean in ways beyond all the old religious constructs. They may no longer ring true for you. They may feel tired, or loaded, or may trigger you in whatever ways. Poetry is one possibility.

Everyday Mystery

You can’t know what I have to share
unless I tell you. I know,
I know it’s fraught, the spiritual,
no way to cross that threshold with anyone
who hasn’t opened—or who has closed
for whatever reason—
that door. No way
to offer that wine.
Or is there? Is a baby’s breath enough,
or a dew-covered tomato shining
through viney profusion
in the backyard next to the fig tree
spilling its jewels?

Because those moments do come,
like sudden lightning that clears the field
and jolts our hearts, too,
simple exchanges
that meet their mark.
Words and moments that matter.
What will I see, feel, know,
offer, and be fed by today if I watch
closely, present to the mystery
in everything? The question
thrills me. And
that matters, too.

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Teresa Young
Teresa Younghttps://teresayoung.com/
TERESA YOUNG is a certified professional coach with a central passion: the human journey. She says the ways we connect with life keep evolving as we do. The point is balanced personal, creative, and professional satisfaction that morphs with us throughout our lives. So flexibility matters. Our willingness to allow ourselves to change matters, especially if we want healthy longevity over the long haul. We deserve nothing less. But it's up to us to accept nothing less, working through seasons of confusion, dissatisfaction, exhaustion, or ill health as needed. Best of all, the payoff always begins right away, because the journey really is the destination. Think about it. "If you're on the path, you're at the goal." — Carl Jung

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12 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Beautifully written, Teresa Young. The power of mystery is it can remain as such and still be enjoyed as much for what is unknown as known. I am grateful to Dennis Pitocco for sharing your poetry on the Women of Facebook Create FB page so we may all enjoy it, and invite you to join and share your other writings as well.

  2. Teresa – When Larry tells you that you have used Strong Ink, you can be sure your writing is extraordinary. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Your poem reminds us to be open to the simple mysteries that we encounter every day. Bravo.

    • You’re sweet, Larry, thank you. I’m surprised to find that I feel much more vulnerable sharing this little poem than a prose piece. So I appreciate your vote of confidence. It’s a little bit of counterpoint to the voice inside me saying, “Yikes, I’ll not soon do THAT again!”

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