Pied Beauty

I was in southern Florida this past weekend.  The gulf was beautiful, the beach was nice, and the weather perfect, but it was a morning walk through the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a National Audubon Society sanctuary, that had me trying to dredge up my Hopkins.

A dappled thing

“Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89)
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.

 

 

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