Until July 2017, documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say! Meanwhile . . . I've now moved to Halifax in West Yorkshire. Click on the link below to collect the new URL. Don't forget to follow there!

Monday, 13 April 2009

DEAD THINGS AND DAPPLED THINGS

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Thank God for dead things

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Dappled things,
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Brown things.
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Holed things

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Old things
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Twisted things
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And shadows.
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Many more than these things!
(Not alone for green things.)
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With thanks to Gerard Manley Hopkins who wrote:-

PIED BEAUTY
Glory be to God for dappled things - For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh fire-coal chestnut-falls; finches wings; Landscape plotted and pieced - fold, fallow, and plough; 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.

4 comments:

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I'm personally fond of all those things, but especially twisted things.

Lucy said...

Hi Monica - I don't know whether you clicked on the twisted jasmine trunk photo - but it's worth it. The bark patterns as the wood twists are very lovel; reminiscent of snaked skin.

Lucy

Plant Mad Nige said...

Your brilliant pictures plus one of my favourite poets, GM Hopkins. Heaven!

Proves his point that '. . . sheer plod makes plough down sillion shine!' ie, your hard, plodding work brings forth such sparkling works of art.

petoskystone said...

lyrical! & i like the weird & twining, too.