Friday, September 23, 2011

Poetry Friday: Praise Poems

I'm excited to be a guest at Nancy I. Sanders' Blogzone today to talk about my latest book, Sing, Dance, Shout: 30 Days of Praise. I hope you'll stop by for the interview and stay a while to explore the blog. Nancy has been a wonderful source of information and encouragement for me in my writer's journey over the last few years. Her book, Yes! You Can...Build a Successful Writing Career is chock full of great advice.

Today is Poetry Friday and my book is about praise, I thought I would share some praise poems.

One of my favorites is "Pied Beauty" 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 all trades, 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.

"A Praise Song from My Mother" is a praise poem celebrating motherhood. Click here to listen to Grace Nichols, a poet from Guyana, read her lovely poem.

For more Poetry Friday, head over to Anastasia Suen's blog, Picture Book of the Day.


  1. Cheers to the vastness of the universe and the bounty of motherhood where we hold those same little universes within us. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for participating in Poetry Friday this week!

    :-) Anastasia

  3. Oh my...Nichols' poem made me cry - so beautiful. I'm saving this one to listen to many a time.