Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Poem for Earth Day. Read Aloud, Please.

My one contribution is Avebury, England, 2006.
And here are more photographs from my Ukrainian exchange student.
Click on all photos to enlarge so you can find hidden creatures,
or just see them better
A froggie

Now say a little prayer of thanks for Father Hopkins and our sweet Earth.

Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844 - 1888

Photographer unknown

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 God.


Sandra Leigh said...

Avebury - what a wonderful choice for Earth Day. I love the ducks on parade, too.

willow said...

Love-love-love GMH. And your new banner is "wow"!

Michael said...

What a wonderful post M, thank you. Isn't it interesting how often the humble cow appears in prose and poetry in praise of Mother Earth?
I agree with you and Willow........GMH is so enjoyable to read.

Lyn said...

Beautiful pics..and I loved reading out loud!
Landscape plotted and pieced...

FireLight said...

Sandra, my sweetie actually took the photo, but I was holding the lense cover!!!

Willow, GMH...I have to have a big dose of his words at least once a week. And YES...I took that picture and cropped it and added the lettering....and.....gosh darn I am exicted!

Michael, COWS? Did you say cows, my boy? I've got some cow pictures. I love their big glowing eyes! {Light bulb flashing over my head}...I'm planning a post just for you!!

FireLight said...

Lyn, that was just the English teacher in me. It makes a difference doesn't it?

Country Girl said...

Praise Him, indeed. Beautifully done. Love your rich images.

Cait O'Connor said...


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