Working out Problems (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Working out Problems (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Working out problems poem

Working Out Problems

Numbers are invisible –
merely useful
mentally generated
quantifiers or symbols–
but we’re naturally sure
of their existence
and availability.
Why are we not
as certain of God
who is just as
invisible and conceptual,
while also a prevailing,
helpful presence?

When we do
an algebra problem,
we don’t take it personally
and try to track down
how the problem got there.
We can work out
our human problems
as we would in math
with the neutral facts
that powerfully apply to it.
In both cases,
the solution
is already there,
we just need to
utilize the relevant rules
to decode, unravel,
and systematically
reveal it.

If you know how,
it can be fun.
But the laws
can be learned,
and they don’t change.
It’s not such a puzzle
after all.

And that rectifying,
resolving Principle,
pure Truth,
which overcomes
every error
in both arithmetic
and in life
is actually God itself–
the exultant way to answer
every human need,
equation, or question.

by Polly Castor


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

1 Comment

  1. Sue Krevitt 1 year ago

    Ahhhh…the impersonal Laws of Truth, like the Law of Gravity, ever-operating as it does,
    Whether human belief seems to obscure, block, be-clueless as to Its workings….
    How great to be able to reduce human belief by understanding the Facts!

    Patiently (most of the time!) chipping away at illusions,
    and grateful for your encouragements, Polly!


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