writing/art/poetry

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 What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is–
Christ. 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.

–          Gerard Manley Hopkins

At chapel this morning, the gifted Bob Zurinsky spoke and shared this poem with us in light of what Paul is saying in Romans 4. Honestly, even with his short segment on how the two relate, I can hardly tell you all that this poem is saying, but it’s nonetheless one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I’ve ever encountered. I also know that half the people who continue to read my blog heard this poem as well, but I mostly just want to have it archived, as well as share with whoever else can appreciate a whimsical little poem.

 

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~ by Chris Kyle on April 12, 2011.

One Response to “writing/art/poetry”

  1. so good. i was so blessed by his message this morning, chris. and this poem… it’s just so good. glad you loved it as well.

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