Sunday, April 14, 2013

the beauty of things

The Beauty of Things 
by Robinson Jeffers 
To feel and speak the astonishing beauty of things—earth, stone and water,
Beast, man and woman, sun, moon and stars—
The blood-shot beauty of human nature, its thoughts, frenzies and passions,
And unhuman nature its towering reality—
For man’s half dream; man, you might say, is nature dreaming, but rock
And water and sky are constant—to feel
Greatly, and understand greatly, and express greatly, the natural
Beauty, is the sole business of poetry.
The rest’s diversion: those holy or noble sentiments, the intricate ideas,
The love, lust, longing: reasons, but not the reason.


  1. There is so much beauty in nature Ruth.
    Great photograph.

  2. There's so much here, especially in those last lines about "those holy or noble sentiments, the intricate ideas, the love, lust, longing: reasons, but not the reason." One needs a good wine and a long night to get deeper into this one.

    1. That sounds about right, George!

  3. A good wine and a long night, George says.... :) I'd love to have that with you again, dear Ruth! And these tulips...I don't suppose they are yet yours from the farm?

    1. I would love it too, Boots. These tulips are at the farm, from a couple of years ago. We had snow yesterday! (today's photo 4/15) But the tulips are popping up, and this week is supposed to be in the 50s and 60s at long last.

  4. then poetry is prayer and this is the only church i need to visit. no, not visit, but live inside of, with or without words.

    (i want to eat your tulips. they look like candy:)



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