endings and beginnings – new – 3/14/13

I have grown to see that everything around me is bigger, deeper and wider than I’d imagined. I’ve noticed in the sciences (my favorite is physics) that just when the brightest are saying “we almost know everything”, is when all we know is preparing for a large, unexpected shift that opens new unexpected vistas. And as I’ve walked more deeply with God, learning to be loved and to love, which is the highest form of knowing, I’ve found the same things in myself. When I begin to feel settled, and like everything has been dealt with, another is spoken into my life that I come to love (sometimes slowly) as a key part of who I am.

new beginnings
can’t easily
be characterized

that is not just
beginning again
not just a starting the same thing

is a new corner turned
and what lies ahead
is unknown

otherwise everything is just a repeat
of what has gone before
of previous moments
who’s time
has come back around

but same old same old
is more an attitude to be trapped in
than truth

just when we think
we’ve seen it all before
(if we’re willing)
we will start to see
our old truths
as we walk beyond
our previous understandings
out into new territory

even in the familiar
mundane local realities
(if we will allow it)
we will see changes
we’d never thought of
we will love where previously
we held hate, boredom
disinterested preconceptions

as our loves grow new
our ability to see
and those around us
in our expanded vision


About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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