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The logic of wonder

A matter of perspective

By Sonia Heidi UnruhPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Steven Brown on Unsplash

Everyone—including me—ooh’ed and ahh’ed when the moon held back the tides of light, like the walls of the Red Sea straining against the outstretched staff of Moses. And we gushed to see sunlight break loose, cascading through that widening crack. The moment felt mantled with significance, overshadowed by mystery.

Could we be more irrational?

Let’s look at this event scientifically: nothing more—or less—than the geometrical precision of matter in motion, aligned with the optics of perspective. Perfectly predictable.

Is it scarcity, then, that inflates the price tag of meaning? A collector’s edition experience, until August 2044?

Perhaps the untimely semblance of night … darkness peeking from behind the curtain and blocking the stage light, until shooed back to wait for its cue?

Save your attentive amazement, my friends, for the uncalculable ways of a wave on the sand, an eagle in the air, the serpent on a rock.

Even the firefly’s blinking dance, when we watch, is more worthy of goosebumps.


Note: The "S" line of the poem references Proverbs 30:18-19 ... thought that deserved a mention lest I be liable for biblical plagiarism!

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Sonia Heidi Unruh

I love: my husband and children; all who claim me as family or friend; the first bite of chocolate; the last blue before sunset; solving puzzles; stroking cats; finding myself by writing; losing myself in reading; the Creator who is love.

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Comments (7)

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    I liked the inclusion of the S line!

  • Brin J.3 months ago

    Your words are worthy of goosebumps! 😱 I'm gushing about how you just pulled this out of your sleeve. I don't want this challenge to end! There are so many incredible entries!!!

  • Hannah Moore3 months ago

    I think these things are all worthy of amazement, let's embrace it where ever it comes! Great contemplation, I really enjoyed it. There is definitely something in scarcity.

  • C. Rommial Butler3 months ago

    Well-wrought! I suspect that the phenomenal world is an interface with the Divine, so that any event can be significant to anyone at any time. One can find sudden meaning in the erratic flight of birds while another just witnesses a beautiful spectacle without significance and yet another sees nothing at all; head down, lost in their own thoughts... Life has a way of arranging itself for the discerning mind. As for the Bible, it's public property, and considering the number of revisions of any sacred text, should be understood not as revealed or inspired, but as revealing or inspiring for the needs of any respective individual seeker. This would seem to me to be the way to short-circuit the sycophancy that so often breeds war.

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    So much beauty on this earth, why on Earth are we looking at the wonder in the sky? Like this, Sonia.

  • Test3 months ago

    no - I don't think the disclaimer was necessary (although others might argue); as we read and explicate work, it's our responsibility to at least try to understand what the writer is intending. I'm more curious about the juxtaposition of the scientific examination you call for and your use of Biblical (albeit veiled) allusion

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago


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