xxiii. Signs and Wonders - Green

August 2, 2017


Old English grene ‘green, young, immature, raw,’ earlier groeni, from West Germanic gronja.


                         This morning

                        the sun

                        like soft yellow, warm

                        delicious butter

                        has covered


                        The air is fully laden

                        with golden light

                        and the cologne spray

                        of star jasmine.

                        The world is green deep

                        ripe and sweet.

                        I pluck the moment

                        and bite the day to its core.




'And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?'


The great English Romantic poet William Blake gives us a poem that restates the legend in exquisite words, of Christ’s supposed visit to England and finishes with his firm conviction and lifetime struggle to build another Jerusalem ‘In England's green and pleasant land’.


Green has always been a fascinating and favourite colour of mine: moss after overnight rain; the colour of the sea out beyond the white water; my childhood collection of every shade of green coloured pencils.


Reading: Psalm 23: 2-3


He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. KJV




Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who has God wants nothing.
God alone suffices.


St. Teresa of Avila (found after her death in 1582, written on a green parchment that she used as a bookmark for her prayer book).

©Jeff Guess 2017

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