"O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful
    wonderful! and yet again wonderful..."
    — Shakespeare, As You Like It, III.2.191-192

Our mind takes a leap
when we wonder or
when we experience
something wonderful.

I chose Alex Grey's
Wonder showing a girl
gazing at the moon
as an illustration.

Queen Pearl of the night—
Leopardi's "Alla Luna",
Beethoven's Sonata,
Ansel Adams' Moonrise.

The moon is a quarter
million miles from Earth.
How far is the moon
from your mind? Surprise—

The moon is in your mind!
Thus Lu Hsiang-shan declared:
"The universe is my mind.
My mind is the universe."

A Swedish girl drove me
home after folk-dancing.
I asked her "Can a rock
be suspended in air?"

Definitely not!" she replied.
I pointed to the full moon
as she gasped "Oh my god—
What's holding it up?"

I told her "gravity"
but it's still a mystery—
This is the cosmic wonder
when our mind takes a leap.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 3-11-2016

Alex Grey (born 11-29-1953)
Wonder: Zena Gazing at the Moon (1996)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Moonlight Sonata (1802) Audio

Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (11-1-1941)