Thursday, July 22, 2010

Foyer of Wonder!

A friend and teacher once wrote:

There is not a poem that has come from the "foyer of wonder"

That has not borne the tantalizing fragrance of the wonders of

The Other Side."

Dr. Kenneth George Mills.

What, I think, the late Dr. Mills means is that all creativity, no matter in what form of beauty it appears or is expressed comes from a dimension that is both within our being as well as beyond our conscious time and space. It comes from a place called “Wonder.” Wonder is the catalyst between the divine and the physical.

All of us wonder how profound poetry or literature comes into being after we read or hear great prose and say, “Wow”!

We wonder how beautiful music comes into being as we are moved by its divine crescending melodies and tonal poems of peace and joy.

We wonder where sculpture and art get its free flowing form, its softness and empathetic expression. It may articulate through trained hands and mental acuity of the artist, but its source is the Other Side. And how does the wonder of appreciation well in the intellectual heart and express itself as personal and profound awe.

The Other Side that Dr. Mills talks about is what we all seek. We seek to know it for it lessens whatever illusionary fears we have created. We expect to go the Other Side in some future moment of time, but it requires the most difficult forgiveness in our world. The forgiveness of self. A singular wonder in itself.

Dr. Mills says, "Man is a song." I would add as a subtext to his axiom. Man is also a poem.


The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

Look to the foyer of wonder and open the door. Embrace the aroma from places you’ve never forgot. You cannot forget what and who you are.

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