A Morsel of Hopkins

Whenever I haven’t read poetry in a while, I remember my love for it by going to Gerard Manley Hopkins. Perhaps my favorite poem by Hopkins is entitled God’s Grandeur.

God’s Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.


Fall turning

The maples, accented by the pines

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3 Responses to A Morsel of Hopkins

  1. Mom says:

    Oh so pretty. Wish I was there to see it love you three. See ya soon llamom

  2. friendmouse says:

    Just cannot let an error go unaddressed…the lower pic is of the “twin maples” (not the sweet gum…that’s in the front yard and in lower yard), and in about 10 days, they should be near-peak beauty. Also, the bright sun washes out some of the richness of the color; experience has shown me that a cloudy day gives more beautiful tree-pictures. Thanks…keep ’em comin’!

  3. changing the caption.
    and yeah, I wanted clouds, but I was more interested in just getting a photo for the blog, so I sacrificed a bit

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