Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Winner!

Recently the gals at Garden Rant gave away a free copy of Emily Herring Wilson's book Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence.  I'm thrilled to report that I am the winner!  I can hardly believe it.  I love Elizabeth Lawrence, and I'm so excited to have my very own copy.  It's a collection of letters from Elizabeth Lawrence to her friend and mentor, Ann Preston Bridgers.  I can't recommend Elizabeth Lawrence's books enough -- start with A Southern Garden if you've never read her.  And stop by to peruse the Garden Rant website when you have time.  The writing is outstanding but it's their feisty attitude that I really like.

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