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“Pied Beauty”

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Father’s Day and the summer solstice are upon us. 

In thinking of both Father’s Day and  the great diversity and beauty of creation, I am reminded of the poem, “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

You might be wondering, what exactly is “Pied Beauty?”… is it an altered state of consciousness, brought about by gazing at your favorite homemade pie? 

“Pied”, in fact, means that which is odd, quirky, unique, eccentric, different. 

The poem celebrates God, the creator of all, and in particular all that is uniquely beautiful… which includes you and me! 

I leave you with these words from the poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins: 

Pied Beauty

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:
Praise him.

Photo:© Kutt Niinepuu | Dreamstime Stock Photos

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