Slow Spring

A moonlit night has given way to a bright morning. It’s welcome after a Sunday that plunged us into winter. Earlier this year Debbie planted tulips that found growth a challenge but yesterday evenings sunlight restored their confidence. 

 And we have so much to observe in nature as we await the Twitter of swallows.

SPRING
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.          

 These are lambs , just one day old, in the care of Pat Brosnan of Behins.

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