Friday, March 30, 2007
Spring has sprung
We're in full spring mode here in Los Angeles--blossoms everywhere, allergic noses running, blue sky above. Wait, the blue sky is here every season.
Took a picture of my neighbor's tree, which is in full bloom. I don't know anything about this particular tree, except that it supposedly hails from Australia, and the flowers smell really nice.
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
I love the line "What is all this juice and all this joy?", don't you?