We live in a world where people say "nothing surprises me anymore", but it does.
Many of us spend our lives trying to be in control, when we live in a world determined to show us otherwise.
Sometimes we surprise ouselves when we strip away the covers and look at who we really are.
I wrote Surprises (In the Cat's Eye, 2009) as a commentary on just how little control we really have.
Any good magician can quickly show how little we can trust our own observations to prepare us for what is really happening.
A voracious reader will be constantly surprised by the world that is revealed between the pages of books.
But for all of us, the biggest surprise is always saved for the end.
Enjoy the journey.
Glenn K. Currie
The surprise is in the magician
Who makes the elephant disappear.
The audience lined up
Like candles in a cake,
And blown away in a breath.
The surprise is in the boxes
Opened by performers in a play.
Colorful wrappings of paper egos
Stripped away in joyous haste,
Revealing naked children dancing.
The surprise is in the alphabet soup
Served in the sideshows of life.
Words eaten by hungry students
Hiding from the bullies
Who rule the world’s playgrounds.
The surprise is in the audience
When they learn they are the show.
When the dancing stops,
The magicians run out of tricks,
And the Earth stops turning.