Monday, October 25, 2010

Pied Beauty (Redux)

Always nice to repeat some of Hopkins work:

Glory be to God for dappled things,
For skies of couple-color as a brindled cow,
For rose-moles in stipple** upon trout that swim.
Fresh-firecoal chestnut falls***, finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced---fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, spare, original, 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, 1877

*Pied: Having patches of more than one color; i.e. the "Pied Piper"
**Rose-colored dots or flecks
***Fallen chestnuts, red as burning coals

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Beside Still Waters

The LORD [Yahweh] is my shepherd;
I shall not [be in] want.
He maketh me to lie down in
green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.**
He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
----King David; Psalm 23 KJV*
*I normally don't read the King James Version anymore, but the etched-in beauty of this older version captivated me.
**Recently revisiting this Psalm (which, actually, is not my "favorite" of the Psalms, unlike many other people), I emphasized the "still waters" and "restoring my soul" because of some great, deep, long-sought but elusive peace which He recently brought to me & which I pray continues through the next leg of life's journey.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Crescent Moon

This is tonight's crescent Moon. (The New Moon was on Thursday the 7th.) See the Emily Dickison poem, "The Moon", which is linked in from below.