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xxiii. Signs and Wonders - Green


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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