Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty 

BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

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 áll trádes, 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.      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; 
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: 
                                Praise him.

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (Luke 12:27)

4 thoughts on “Pied Beauty

    1. Thank you! This season adds so much color to our experience of the natural world. Enjoy.

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  1. Fr. Ron, Fall provides abundant splendor, and your talents as a photographer capture it so well. Several of these photos have paths. I am always intrigued by photos and paintings with paths. Where do they lead? What surprises lie ahead?

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    1. A metaphor for life; a mindset of hope. A bit of color along the way helps!

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