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I discovered this amazing segment from a six-line poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. 40 years ago – it stays with me today!  I believe it was etched in a small monument or tombstone in a graveyard in Cambridge Massachusetts.
               “Little flower-but if I could understand What you are, root and all, all in all, I should know what God and man is.”
Here is the full poem:
Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
                                                                                                                                             – Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1863