Gerard Manley Hopkins

Air Plants

Air Plants

Strange and beautiful tropicals: “Tillandsia” plants are among the strange and beautiful things we find on our planet. More commonly known as “air plants,” this peculiar species do not like to have their roots in soil, but instead are able to gather nutrients from the air. The job of the roots is simply to anchor the plant. You may have seen these plants cleverly displayed and growing in glass globes suspended from a ceiling, in terrariums, or mounted on walls.Read more

Top 5 Poets for Contemplation

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After a solid day spent in the open air with hands deep in the dirt, what more could a hermit desire? This one simply craves a comfy armchair, a tall drink of something soothing, and a book of poetry. Few people have time for poetry today, it seems. Poetry – or good poetry, anyway – needs to be savoured. In an age of instant information and tangent searching, not many want to commit to a set number of words onRead more

Praise Overflowing

Kingfisher bird

“Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins: 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:Read more

The soul’s longing

Old fashioned villa on a hill

“Heaven-Haven: A Nun takes the veil” by Gerard Manley Hopkins: I have desired to go where springs not fail, to fields where flies no sharp and sided hail, and a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be where no storms come, where the green swell is in the havens dumb, and out of the swing of the sea. A prayer O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grantRead more