The Wonderer. {A Poem} ~ Ruth Calder Murphy

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on Oct 13, 2012
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This is the Wonderer’s way,

the Wanderer’s way,

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the journey of a thousand questions,

each with a thousand more.

This is the Socrates’ way,

the way of undoing,

of stripping away.

This is the Solitude way,

the thunder of infinite questions

echoing silent in the eternal void.

This is the Discovery way,

the never-knowing,

always-asking way

that spins me in wild choreography

to the music of stars

and the rhythm of life.

This is the Dancing way,

the Living way,

the filled-with-wonder way.

This is the Come-to-the-End-and-Begin-Again way,

the way of death

and resurrection

every day.



Ruth Calder Murphy is a writer, artist, music teacher, wife and mother living in London, UK. Her life is wonderfully full of creativity and low-level chaos. She is the co-author of one published novel, The Scream and author of several books of poetry, one or two as-yet unpublished novels and lots of short stories.

She is passionate about celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of people, questioning the unquestionable and discovering new perspectives on old wonders. She is learning to ride the waves that come along—peaks and troughs—and is waking up to just how wonderful life really is.

Visit Ruth on her website here and on her Facebook page here.


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4 Responses to “The Wonderer. {A Poem} ~ Ruth Calder Murphy”

  1. scott malone says:

    Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!!!! In the art piece it has the words underground and there r buildings with red on them. what does this signify? Thank you for ur awesomenes!!!! 🙂

  2. Hi Scott!

    Thank you so much for your encouragement. The picture is a painting I did to go with a multimedia project earlier this year and obviously represents my constant questioning and wondering and exploring… I'm so glad you noticed the "Underground" corner because it does have at least a couple of layers of significance! The most obvious and superficial one is the fact that I live in London, UK and the "Underground" sign and the buildings simply represent the London underground (train) network and the City of London itself. Its position in the painting, next to the religious faith symbols, links in with London's wonderfully rich cultural diversity and all the new questions and paths this throws up.

    Meanwhile, of course, there's the idea that questions and ideas and the search for spiritual and philosophical truth, beauty and enlightenment, is often sent 'underground'. In some countries religions – or some religions – are banned, in others one religion becomes so dominant that no one else is allowed to have a say. Also in the lives of some individuals, the pressure from their community, whether religious or anti-religious, can make honest searching and questioning very difficult. So "underground" refers to that, too.

    As for the colour red… I'll be honest; that's simply aesthetic preference! The combination of red and blue give that corner a purple-red feel. In my mind, red represents life and death and purple represents mystery and the search for truth… They're two of my favourite colours.

    Thank you again for your interest and encouragement – very much appreciated.

  3. Trista says:

    LOVE it!!

  4. scott says:

    Thank you for your insightful explanation. I love ur work and ideas 🙂