April 22, 1998

 

Where Our Wonder Went

 

there was a time when wonder

filled our eyes, which seeing

revelled in the beauty seen

 

the awe struck

mouth agape

standing stock still gaze

of the ardent admirer

 

that beauty, that wonder, which all the world amazed

see here!

look there!

it’s been done but here alone

nowhere else is this to be had

 

            come

                        look

                                    marvel

 

we put an end to that

wonder no longer fills our day

we worry now o’er growing digits

science has left us no magic

it has failed us bad

 

we breathe

exhale

and breathe again

our heart asurge within us

our muscles supple move

 

never stopping to wonder

at the miracle just done

air turned into life

 

we think to act

and act out thought

and a million thoughtless more

 

who cares!

that love can turn to life

and grow to breathe its own

 

our romance is dead

 

we have been lied to

and we believe

our wonder has been robbed

and we ignore the crime

 

God gave to us the grandest gift

life,

and its appreciation

and we have trodden down

His truth

for the lie of man

that says

 

this is all but chance

 

how could wonder stay

where love itself could not

denying the glory of creation

we make even our greatest feats

no more than termite nests in scope

 

we have no more wonder

nor have we hope