The objects in our lives are made up of particles of the universe, and they can also unite the past and present for us. The most ordinary things can speak of life to us. How can we tune in to feel, taste, or see the ‘more than’ in the mundane objects around us? Teilhard de Chardin, paleontologist, geologist and priest, said that his first ‘feeling of God’ was when he held a piece of metal.
I love things with a wild passion,
I cherish tongs,
I adore cups….
I love all things,
not only the grand,
but also the infinite
Ode to Things, by Pablo Neruda, from Neruda’s Garden: An Anthology of Odes, selected and translated by Maria Jackett, Latin America Literary Review Press, Pittsburgh Penn,1995.