Literature: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Be advised…today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Don’t believe me? Check out this link at Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, so the poem-in-pocket thing seems like an appropriate way to close out this special literary celebration. In my pocket today, I’m carrying a copy of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Pied Beauty,” which I’ll paste below with some “skies of couple-colour.”

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.

Sunrise clouds above Lac Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix, France. Crazy-orange sunrise clouds seen from bivouac on the way to New Zealand’s Mt. Earnslaw.

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. Poems. London: Humphrey Milford, 1918;, 1999. [April 29, 2010].


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