Richard Jeffrey Newman's Miscellany


Small Fundamental Essay

What many people fail to understand
about the art and science of mechanics
is that you may know perfectly what happens
under the hood of your car when you turn on
the ignition, and you may comprehend
to a nicety how the combination of pump
and pressure tank and heating coils produces
hot water when you turn the tap, and yet
the wonder never ceases. That this can be
–and is–is what bestirs the mind and heart.
Is this a faith? It never starts a war
nor rips a seam out of a living city,
it needs no ghastly hierophant hung up
dead on a cross to speak for us. But yes,
it is a faith. Faith in the miracle of the
possible, in the peaceful knowledge of what is true.

–Hayden Carruth