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!

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.