try not to think about this too much

“It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination… If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn’t believe the world existed.”

— Annie Dillard

but here we are,
clinging improbably
to a brilliant blue & white ball;
a ball balanced precisely
a correct distance
from a star
whose burn is slow & steady

& this same sphere
spins precisely
on an axis,
also making the unlikely possible

but try
not to think of this too much, lover–
because if we do
we will spend
the rest of our allotted days
on our knees, in awe
& worshiping

instead of going about
the business of being human

thereby destroying the results
of this experiment
by our own awareness of it.

****Ah–the things I think of while I am weeding!  This quote has been on my mind since I shared it with another blogger–Jeremy Nathan Marks–check him out here–

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to try not to think about this too much

  1. wise.easier said than done though. I’m glad i found your poetry Susan. have a nice day

  2. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Thank you! I really appreciate the mention. 🙂

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