Monday, October 25, 2010

A Poem for the Season

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things -

     For skies of couple-color 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 plow;

          And all trades, 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

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