November 15, 2020: What a Wonderful World – a poem by Sr Joan Polak, ND

As I was thinking about the trip, a song of Louis Armstrong came to memory and I take license to adapt it to my thoughts and feelings.

I saw trees of green covering the mountains,
skies of blue and clouds of white,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.
I saw colors of rainbow in birds drifting by,
a moon growing to fullness and stars studding the sky,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

I saw pick axes, shovels, and bags of sand,
rocks and bricks moved to valley below, pipes being laid to bring refreshing water,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

I saw tortillas and frijoles being eaten,
sustenance for the body, had cold showers
after hard work under scorching sun,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

I saw faces of people all shades of the earth,
friendships blooming like the flowers brilliant against the sky,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

I saw the tears of joy and those of sorrow,
and smiles brilliant as the sun brightening the day,
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

I heard the sharing each evening, revealing of self hidden in words,
expressions of love and caring.
and I said to myself what a wonderful world.

Looking at this wonderful world, words of another song came to mind: “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee. How great Thou art. How great Thou art.” Thank you Creator God. All things belong to You. I belong to You.

 

 

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