Saturday, May 06, 2006

To miracles, the possible, and what is true

I had to share today's Writer's Almanac poem in case you didn't hear it on the radio or don't get the daily email:

Small Fundamental Essay by Hayden Carruth What many people fail to understand about the art and science of mechanics is that you may know perfectly what happens under the hood of your car when you turn on the ignition, and you may comprehend to a nicety how the combination of pump and pressure tank and heating coils produces hot water when you turn the tap, and yet the wonder never ceases. That this can be —and is—is what bestirs the mind and heart. Ours is a faith that never starts a war nor rips a living child from its warm womb, a faith that needs no ghastly hierophant hung dead upon a cross to speak for us. It is faith in the miracle of the possible, faith in the peaceful knowledge of what is true.