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All creation holds its breath, listening with me,
because to hear you, I keep silent.
--Rainer Maria Rilke


Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries
--from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh


We live in all we seek. The hidden shows up in too plain sight.
It lives captive on the face of the obvious--
the people, events, and things of the day--
to which we as sophisticated children have long since become oblivious.
What a hideout:
Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff like color.
--from Annie Dillard's For the Time Being

And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
--From William Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"


Let Me Tell You about My Marvelous God by Susan Stewart
The energy and lively spirit of the world, so charged that it burns.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
The natural world is untroubled.

God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
A classic piece with words and rhythm like music.

The Ponds by Mary Oliver
Praise for the dazzling, imperfect, mysterious world.

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson
A vernacular Genesis 1.

Miracles by Walt Whitman
"Every cubic inch of space is a miracle."

Daily Bread by Denise Levertov
An expression of gratitude for daily beauties in the human and natural world.

i thank You God for most this amazing by e.e. cummings
The poets innovative wording brings an incredible spark of life to this praise for the day.

The Enkindled Spring by D.H. Lawrence
The magnificence of spring compared to fire.

Sometimes Hope by Jean Janzen
The black remains of a forest fire are pierced by green shoots of new life.