Thanks to Dave for the reminder of this poem. I heard it for the first time in my speech class this semester, and I thought it was juste beautiful. A good prayer for us on this Thanksgiving, as many of us are sitting down to the table right around now. Enjoy y’all!
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wear’s man’s smudge, and shares man’s smell;
The soil is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward springs–
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast, and with ah! bright wings.