May 24, 2010


 my weekly posting of a poem, a quote and a passage from literature.

Ask of Her, the mighty Mother.

Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring?-
Growth in every thing -
Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,

Grass and green world all together,
Star-eyed strawberry breasted
Throstle above Her nested
Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin

Forms and warms the life within,
And bird and blossom swell
In sod or sheath or shell."  

 ~Gerard Manly Hopkins

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
~ E. Merrill Root

"The stranger was dressed all in red, excepting a little black around the base of his bill. Even his bill was red. He wore a beautiful red crest which made him still more distinguished looking, and how he could sing!   Peter had noticed that quite often the most beautifully dressed birds have the poorest songs. But this stranger's song was as beautiful as his coat,and that was one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, that Peter ever had seen.
                    ~Peter talking about Glory the Cardinal in The Burgess Bird Book for Children

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