with Real Toads in Them
Process, Poetry, and Imaginative Feelings
This page is inspired by a poem called "Poetry" by Marianne Moore and, more particularly, by two phrases in the poem: "literalists of the imagination" and "imaginary gardens with real toads in them." Faith in God includes being a "literalist of the imagination" who experiences fresh possibilities for healing and wholeness as being as "real" in their ways as are real toads in imaginary gardens. The toads are already real as possibilities; our task is to help them become actualities. It is often said that God is the poet of the world. We are poets, too. When goodness emerges in the world, it begins with shared imagination: human, ecological, and divine.
- Jay McDaniel