Monday, February 22, 2010

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.

~ Gerard Manley Hopkins




Today, I feel thankful for multiplicity in the world - thankful that there is room for all our differences. Today, I choose to praise Him.

What are you thankful for today?

40 comments:

Southern Princess said...

Beautiful... as usual you make me smile & appreciate this crazy life... ;o)

Carolyn V. said...

Oh, I love it Shannon!

I am thankful for an education (which I should be studying for my Stats exam tonight). =)

Mary_not_Martha said...

Wow, that was beautifull! I just got off the phone telling my mom of my crazy activity-packed (but great) life and this poem topped it off!

Catherine Denton said...

Having a day with my oldest daughter.
Winged Writer

Jackee said...

How funny that we picked the same theme. Today I too am grateful for diversity in the world, for all the varied glory of the earth and beyond.

Have a beautiful Monday to go along with a beautiful poem!

Shelley Sly said...

Beautiful poem. Funny, my devotionals this morning were about thanking God for gifts and using them for His glory. I thank Him for so much else (health and safety and love) but today I was finally reminded to thank Him for my gifts, as small as they may seem to me. Nice post!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Courtney - That's what I'm here for. :)

Carolyn - Good luck on your exam.

Mary/Martha - Woo-hoo!

Catherine - Enjoy your mother/daughter day!

Jackee - Beautifully said. :)

Shelley - The key is using them for His glory! Thanks, Shelley.

Jill Kemerer said...

What a beautiful poem. I am thankful for the soft snow floating down and leftovers in the fridge.

Nisa said...

Lovely, Shannon! Thanks for sharing!

Kasie West said...

I, too, am thankful for that. I was just thinking that the other day, in fact. Beautiful poem.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Finches wings. All winter I adore seeing the little birds at my bird feeder- mostly black capped chickadees. It's really the little things that put color in life.

Jennie Englund said...

Inspiring, Shannon!

I'm thankful today to live in America, where we can think and feel and say what we want.

We are blessed.

Diane said...

Great poem. I am also thankful! :O)

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Julie Dao said...

I'm also thankful for being so free :) Beautiful reminder, Shannon!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Beautiful. I'm so happy you shared.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Jill - Oh, those are good things to be thankful for.

Nisa - You bet!

Kasie - I love Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Stephanie - So true!

Jennie - Yes!

Diane - Glad you liked it.

Julie - Thanks.

Kimberly - Thanks, Kim. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Very lovely...we should make room for gratitude in our daily lives.

Today, I'm thankful for patience.

Kristi said...

Thanks for the poem! Beautiful!

I'm thankful for a happy, healthy family.

And, of course, great blogger friends to share my life with.

Kelly said...

It is wonderful to take a breath and reflect.
I am thankful for too much to write here, but I do thank the Lord every day!

Diana Paz said...

Lovely, as always. And I'm thankful for my family.

Your blog always leaves me smiling, thank you for spreading joy :)

elizabeth mueller said...

How wonderful! I love that, thank you for sharing!

I am thankful for a loving family in my life. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm thankful a student came to speak to me today instead of keeping the tough stuff to himself.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I LOVE that you've reminded us to take a minute to reflect on what we're thankful for. My gratitude journal has been neglected lately.

I'm thankful for where I live and the man I get to live here with.

K. Harrington said...

Oh....let the mutual admiration society meeting commence. You made my day with your comment. Today, I am thankful for a multitude of blessings...including your kindness.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

I'm reminded of the scripture that tells us to think on whatsoever is good, etc. :)

Today I'm thankful for a productive time and a scheduled interview tomorrow.

Blessings,
Susan

Elana Johnson said...

I'm thankful for jackets. The wind is roaring and it's cold! Today: jackets. :)

Susan Fields said...

I'm thankful for wonderful critique partners and people who are willing to go out of their way to help others. Thanks for posting the beautiful poem!

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

I am thankful for a negative test result. Yay!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I like how you said you're thankful for all the differences in the world. That's good stuff to keep in mind.

Hardygirl said...

Thankful for the HOPE of spring--we got a taste of it this weekend before it turned gray and cold again.

sf

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Carolina - Patience is a good one!

Kristi - I'm thankful for sweet bloggy friends too. :)

Kelly - Too many things to be thankful for is indeed something to be thankful for!

Diana - Thank you for such sweet comments! *blush*

Elizabeth - Family is one of our greatest blessings.

Jemi - That is a big one. You must be someone your students trust a whole lot. :-)

TerryLynn - I need to start my gratitude journal again. I haven't done that for far too long.

Karen - I truly meant EVERY word. Your book is awesome, and I can't wait to tell everyone I think so! :-)

Susan - Here's to more productivity and a good interview!

Elana - Ooo, jackets are good. :-)

Susan - I love my crit. partners, too.

Rebecca - Yay! If you're happy, I'm happy. :)

Mary - Differences are what make things beautiful. If everything was the same, beauty could not be.

SF - Spring...that sounds familiar. I think I've heard of it. :)

Buttercup said...

Very grateful to come upon Gerard Manley Hopkins when I least expect it. Thanks!

Erica said...

Beautiful. I'm thankful for living each day, and not settling for anything!

ali said...

Wow. That poem was just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing that Shannon. ♥

Terresa said...

I'm thankful today to be reminded of a fine poet (Hopkins). And also, for my husband's sausage & lentil dinner, it was quite delicious.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I'm just thankful. For being here. For today, that is enough.

VR Barkowski said...

I'm thankful for your posts. Gorgeous poem Shannon. Beautiful.

Sharon Mayhew said...

I am thankful for so many things.
Today, I am especially thankful to the guidance of my friend Susan Fields. Several months ago she sent me a card filled with Bible verses she had chosen for me. I taped the card in the kitchen cupboard. I've been reading them more often and seem to have finally found peace in having moved away from my beloved St. Louis.

Sharon Mayhew said...

I am thankful for so many things.
Today, I am especially thankful to the guidance of my friend Susan Fields. Several months ago she sent me a card filled with Bible verses she had chosen for me. I taped the card in the kitchen cupboard. I've been reading them more often and seem to have finally found peace in having moved away from my beloved St. Louis.

kanishk said...

, I love it Shannon

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