Accept the Miracles

Jeffrey Johannes

Two thousand years ago
a prophet spoke
in parables,
and on the other side
of the mountain,
blind monks tended
sacred elephants
holding up the universe.

Last spring I saw a doe
give birth
near our pond,
and somewhere a butterfly
lights on a coffin
being lowered
into the ground.

There are those
among the faithful
who have seen
the face of Allah
in an open avocado;
once Neruda,
his heart lost in a sonnet,
looked into the eyes
of his dog and saw God.

 
 
Jeffrey Johannes

Jeffrey Johannes

Jeffrey Johannes is an artist and poet, who lives in Port Edwards, Wisconsin. He was co-editor of the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar with his wife Joan.