Everyday Miracles: Inspired by Poetry.

Essay by shaanHigh School, 10th gradeA+, January 2006

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I would like to start off giving a definition of the word miracle. A miracle is an extremely outstanding thing or event.

One everyday miracle I am going to focus on is being fortunate enough to eat. Eating is a great thing, it keeps us alive! But many of us take what seem to be everyday activities, like eating, for granted. For many people, it is a spectacular miracle just to have food on the table everyday. In the poem, "Daily," there is a good example of this. "These shriveled seeds we plant, corn kernel, dried bean, poke into loosened soil." These lines of poetry make the reader feel that the characters in the poem just barely have enough to eat. It shows we need to work hard to get by and stay alive.

It is amazing how so many people can't just sit in silence and relax and enjoy looking up at the stars.

Most people usually get caught up with the whole science and technical part of things. We need to learn to just enjoy the pure beauty of things more. In the poem, "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer," there is a great example of this.

"When I sitting heard the astronomer where he

lectured with much applause in the lecture room,

How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,

Till rising and gliding out I wandered off by myself,

In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time,

Looked up in perfect silence at the stars."

Whitman is writing about the boredom of the scientific and technical part of astronomy, and later is able to just appreciate the stars for what they are.