Pied Beauty

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The inspiration for this piece is a little hard to

This Trout mobile sprung from the wonderful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins “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.

I don’t share Hopkins’s religion (or any other) but I can’t help sharing his delight at the play of light on various surfaces.  I think he’s also marvelling at and celebrating the variety of our world.