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Poetry Friday - Scotland & Timely Verse by Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  We've been blessed with company since returning from our trip to Scotland and Ireland, and I've just taken up a wee space at a gift shop downtown for some of my artsyetters offerings, so I am still playing catch-up with everything else!

 

But I wanted to share a few lines from our dear old friend, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  He went to Scotland in 1881, and upon visiting Loch Lomond, wrote "Inversnaid."  Here's a link to the entire poem, and here are the lines pictured above:

 

 What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

 

 

These words and other literary quotes on the outside walls of The Scottish Parliament were just some of the diversions which slowed my progress down The Royal Mile as we walked to Holyrood Palace.

 

We would all go back to Edinburgh in a heartbeat, and I have a feeling we will!  After all, among its many attributes and siren calls, it's The World's First UNESCO City of Literature!  (More on that here.) 

 

The beautiful Hopkins verses seem so poignant and relevant here across the Pond this week, with the potential for heartbreaking environmental losses with attacks on The Endangered Species Act, and, pretty much everything else offering thoughtful stewardship of animals and plants and places we can never replace. Sigh.

 

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet!

 

For this week's Roundup, Catherine at Reading to the Core is celebrating GREAT MORNING, the brand-newest Pomelo Books poetry book!  (I'm thrilled to have a poem included.)  Catherine shares her own inspired and inspiring poem in the collection, "Walking for a Cause."

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Poetry Friday - Thwarted by Mother Nature

Greetings! I miss you all. I was planning on jumping back into the Poetry Friday pool this week.... But,  alas, the crazy storms around here have knocked out our internet and cable. So, sending warmest wishes from my phone!  Go soak up all the poetic goodness at My Juicy Little Universe, where the amazing Heidi is rounding up this week! http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/?m=1

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Poetry Friday Quick Wave & Go See Tricia! :0)

July Greetings!  

 

We DID make it back to the States after a FABulous trip to the British Isles... more soon!  I've been up to my elbows in paint and maps and glaze and such in the studio, and we've been happy to have Seth in and out since the trip, so I'm still getting my logistical ducks in a row.  Summer can be a bit loose like that!

 

Poetry Friday is being hosted by the lovely Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect, where lots of folks who have their acts more together than yours truly this week will be sharing links.... Enjoy! ;0)  

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