Friday, April 10, 2009

Miracles - Walt Whitman

Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night
with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet
and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.


  1. Whitman's ability to see the miraculous in the everyday reminds me of a comment that Einstein once made. Most people daily go through their lives benumbed to the beauty, the miraculousness, of the world around them. Whitman was his whole life sensitive to the miraculousness of everyday objects and events. Similarly, Einstein was once asked why he worked so hard to understand the world and make new discoveries. He replied that he could work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of his life and still not repay the people who preceded him and whose hard work made his life better in countless ways. Both men had a talent for noticing and appreciating what, for most of us, remains hidden most of the time.

    Steve Goldman

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