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.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


  1. That's beautiful. What is it? I know, I know, "wordless" and all, but what is it?

  2. This is Clematis pitcherii, a little bell-shaped flower. It is perennial even here in hot zone 9 but not terribly vigorous. It's especially pretty this year because the coral vine hasn't crowded it out yet! Thanks!

  3. I did wonder too about-- this bloom. It's very pretty.I'm glad I now know.