Glory be to God–City Version

(after Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Narrows Bridge, WA, photo by the author

Glory be to God for freeway things
For vehicles chrome-colored 
          as Airstream and kin
For billboards and tires that erstwhile sing
Lemony busses, soldiering vans 
         with commuters in.
Praise Him all wheels and pavement,
         battered, lined, worn
Peopled Hondas, Mercedes sleek,
        like shiny sovereigns born.
Sky bursts blue like everywhere all
And trees stay stately
        while we roll by on wings.
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I need to learn how to write a proper sonnet, indeed. (I heard there’s a book for that.)
But this was fun to try.
If God is, indeed, Creator of all, there is certainly beauty to be found even on the freeway.

6 thoughts on “Glory be to God–City Version

  1. Mary Hill

    Love it. I want to write sonnets too. What book did you use to learn?

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  2. Jody Lee Collins

    Elizabeth, thank you….finding beauty and poetry wherever I look–someone named Laura Barkat inspired me 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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  3. Megan Willome

    I love this! Especially because I included Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem in the book. Also, it fits because he was describing “dappled” things, things not always looked upon as beautiful. Certainly freeways would qualify!

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  4. Elizabeth

    Love this. So glad you shared your poem on finding beauty everywhere. This is both radiant in my eyes and full of whimsy.

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