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.

Teresa Young
Teresa Young
TERESA is a musician, educator, and certified life coach with a central passion: you living your dream, for real. Because when you’re on the path that’s right for you, the journey really is the destination. Teresa’s professional experience is corporate, educational, entrepreneurial, and creative. Non-profit. For-profit. Fortune 100. Bootstrap. Her personal journey spans marriage and remarriage, GenX and millennial children, the dawn of the precious era of grandchildren, and decades of her own immense transitions and transformations. Viewing all that as developmental, and ongoing growth throughout life as a core opportunity, Teresa believes the ways we live and contribute to life keep evolving as we do. Her approach to coaching is holistic, integrating body, mind, and spirit. The point is healthy personal, creative, and professional satisfaction that she says contributes to our evolution as a species. Teresa coaches by phone. Learn more at “If you’re on the path, you’re at the goal.” — Carl Jung


  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!”