Be advised…today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Don’t believe me? Check out this link at poets.org. 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:
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; Bartleby.com, 1999. www.bartleby.com/122/. [April 29, 2010].