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Mystery and Wonder

The Time isn't anymore
for questioning how the Moon
stands there

nor how the Sun
heats the sky
or how there came civilization

Humankind has reached
touched Heavens

the Awe is less
than it has ever been
and children run computers
and every day see
foreign countries
the supernatural
made natural on TV

Mysteries are solved
that a century ago
were dream fare

Wonders are manageable
and tamed for our consumption
each day

As we eat the Universe
and soil our nest
we seek new wonders

perhaps the quark
the black hole
the stroke of an artist

We must make new mysteries
for our minds to eat

Neanderthals that were
and that we may be
we still must have reasons
to awake each day
reasons other than survival
of the body

Reasons for surviving
the mind

With mysterious
and wonderful newness
we must extend our sensibilities

because each new day
old Awe is less

While the days ahead close
around us
like darkened rooms
with heavy breathing
and wooden boxes

G.J.G 6/23/89

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