Sky

I have decided to share with my readers, maybe once a week, poems that I particularly like and enjoy reading over again. The first one is by Gerard Manley Hopkins written in 1883. In my book it is illustrated with this painting ‘Les Peupliers’ by Claude Monet which I think is a perfect match:

SKY

…Look overhead
How air is azured;
O how! nay do but stand
Where you can lift your hand
Skywards: rich, rich it laps
Round the four fingergaps.
Yet such sapphire-shot,
Charged, steeped sky will not
Stain light. Yea, mark you this:
It does no prejudice.
The glass-blue days are those
When every colour glows,
Each shape and shadow shows.
Blue be it: this blue heaven
The seven or seven times seven
Hued sunbeam will transmit
Perfect, not alter it.
Or if there does some soft,
On things aloof, aloft,
Bloom breathe, that one breath more
Earth is the fairer for…

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