September 22nd, 2005


Poetry Meme

Seen in guyelfkin's journal:

Post a poem in your LJ when you see this...

Here's mine:

13. Pied Beauty

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.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1918

This is one of my favorites - I too praise God for the variety of plants, animals and people he created. If we were all the same, it would be sooo boring.
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