A Poem for the Weekend

Father Gerard {PD-1923}
Father Gerard [PD-1923]
Because what are weekends for if not for reading beautiful poems?

“As kingfishers catch fire”

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying
Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

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3 thoughts on “A Poem for the Weekend

    1. Really! It actually took me a while to get the hang of Hopkins. The first time I ever read him was in high school when my English teacher assigned me “Pied Beauty.” I didn’t know what to make of him in 10th grade, but since then, I’ve been slowly falling under his spell. 🙂

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