August 25-A, 2022

Hebron Falls Oil Paint Rendered — Boone Fork, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be,"
should be required singing
throughout the land.

It's all Mystery.

The Mind is a mystery.
Everything seems to participate in Mind.
Viruses and flocks of birds and schools of fish...
The people who vote for Trump
are of one mind,
and the people who vote against him
are of another mind,
but "mind" is beyond definition
or understanding.

My body has a mind,
my life has a mind of its own.
It's all Mystery.

So is everything else.

What goes into being angry?
Into getting angry?
Why aren't all people angry
about the same thing?

There is so much we will never
get to the bottom of.

I'd much rather "let the Mystery be,"
than wax eloquent about things
we do not, cannot, comprehend.

Like dark matter
and what squids do on their day off.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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