Monday, April 21, 2008

Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote...

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

This morning I praise Him for the gift of color, solid and pied, vibrant and soft. I find in my garden and give thanks for...

73. Painted pinks whose sun warmed fragrance perfumes the air

74. Delicate, butter yellow Lady Banks rose blooming on vigorous, verdant, spreading branches.

75. Deep fuschia verbena, contrasted with the rough gray of the stones.

76. Chard stems, eye-popping red holding spring-green leaves, ready to eat.

Take a look around you. It's the season of color. Give thanks.

The poem above, "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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