land of rest

Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Simple things, simple sights


In getting ready for the day, recently, I found myself walking past an arrangement of washcloths. It was an odd sight, one that reminded me of the ordinary things that position themselves around us in ways that help us see differently. In Michael Polin's book, The Botany of Desire, he makes the twisted perception that plants such as the potato, or the tulip have used us to help them in their evolutionary process. By offering beauty or taste in such a way as to catch our eye and taste so that we want to savor and enhance it is a great way to further their cause. So much of life is waiting for us to see differently, for us to be changed, to be transformed and as such help to transform all of life. When we do so in love, greater beauty can emerge. For all of life, and form upon this planet waits, watches and holds its breath in anticipation for us to see and be seen in brand new ways, ways that were always before us, and ways never yet imaged by us.

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