Primary Wonder, Age Three
Walking with our granddaughter
Whispering and waving
Sniffing for bats.
What do you smell grandma?
What do you smell grandpa?
by Deborah J. Brasket
Inspired from a backyard outing with our granddaughter after re-reading this poem by Denise Levertov.
Days pass when I forget the mystery.
Problems insoluble and problems offering
their own ignored solutions
jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
their colored clothes; cap and bells.
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng’s clamor
recedes: the mystery
that there is anything, anything at all,
let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
rather than void: and that, O Lord,
Creator, Hallowed One, You still,
hour by hour sustain it.
by Denise Levertov