Spotted things

Spotted things

Taking out the garbage, I was surprised by a giant moth. It is a hawk moth; they frequent the moonflowers on  late summer nights. The moonflowers are  full of ripening seedpods, now.Their season is almost done.

In the clarity of this autumnal light, the world is full of spotted things--mottled bananas and pears. Light and shadow under the canopy of trees. The ivy  showing the first tinge of red in the leaves.

In this moment, filled with ripening, change and imperfection, here is a poem about these things---


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.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918. 13.



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  • An enchanting poem. Sprung rhythm. And an enchanting post.

  • Lest I forget, I love the pun in the title too.

  • Thanks for stopping by, AW. So happy to share with you.

  • Delightful! Lovely proof that observing "ordinary" things can be literally wonderful.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Somehow, this weather must be good for the creatures. I saw on my tree a bird that looked like some falcon, then a couple of days later some little bitty bird with spotted gray feathers and a white belly.

  • Hello, Jack. Thanks for stopping by. You know what I haven't seen for quite some time are the crows. I can hear them flying overhead, but they do not stay around here, not since west nile virus wiped them out in 2008. Yes, I have seen them in Chicago. Do you have them out by you?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    There are some birds with weird calls (might be caw) but I can't see what they are.

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