My friend and mentor Mary gave me a book to read today called The Poems of Jesus Christ. It breaks apart the words of Jesus and places them into a creative translation while careful piecing together his elusive and prophetic words in poetic form. She said, while handing it to me, “us English majors have to stick together.” I graciously accept all books and am excited to look at the words of Christ in a new way.
As both a writer and a bibliophile, I am often inspired by words. It is fitting Mary handed me a book of poetry today because I am often devouring poetry. Yesterday, I was re-reading the words of a great Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and I was thinking of how I might find God in letters I first encountered Gerard Manley Hopkins in a creative writing class I took while I was an undergraduate student. Hopkins writes in his poem Pied Beauty:
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 – fold, fallow, and plough;And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.All things counter, original, spare, strange;Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:Praise him.