Dappled things

25 12 2006

Starry Night Sky, originally uploaded by MaiKoh.

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 all trades, 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.

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2 responses

7 06 2011
Niel Verne

Wow. That was the first time I ever saw a horse with colours like that. Is that a Zebra or a special kind of horse? Horses are such good creatures, trusting and likeable. It is sad that some humans do abuse them for their own ends.

18 07 2012
susancarey

Funny coincidence! I was thinking of uploading this poem to my blog soon and found it here! Great picture of that unusual colour!

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