A New Day


A blue, cloudless day graces the world with a gentle baby’s breath

of air stirring the leaves in the trees outside  my window.

The sun is shining.

I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy!

Memories of winter’s freezing fingers melt

 as the sun seeps in to warm my weary bones.

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

Signs of new life –

fresh, vibrant green heads poke shyly

out of the cold embrace of winter’s rest

seeking the beginnings

of a new season’s growth.

Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced

Soon the earth will erupt into

riotous spring as Life celebrates

new beginnings

in all its glory.

Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies!
O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!

Written in response to  Sandbox Challenge 51

© Raili Tanska

Quotes from Gerard Manly Hopkins:

The Windhover

God’s Grandeur

Pied Beauty

The Starlight Night

Image – Pixabay


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