Poem in Your Pocket Day

Have a favorite poem?  Today’s a great day to share it — it’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Here’s a long-time favorite of mine.  It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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 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.

Ah, Spring …

Spring 2013

I took the dogs for a walk today at lunchtime (my reward for a good morning’s work — we writers have to find ways to bribe ourselves to stay focused), and oh my, how Spring has sprung! The air smelled wonderfully of lilacs and apple blossoms and sweet growing things, the sky was impossibly blue, and the Pacific Northwest was showing off her best self with more shades of green than I even knew existed.

Who could possibly not love Spring?

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