Prepare for Joy: Reason to Lament



I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
~William Wordsworth from “Lines Written in Early Spring”
As shy spring emerges from this morning’s haze,
I can’t let go the fog of lament
about what we’ve become:
man in the midst of the muck
cannot fix man.
We await the joy of a
heaven-sent rescue —
divinity clothed inside
a human soul.

morningmist22115 jasmine


3 thoughts on “Prepare for Joy: Reason to Lament

  1. A fine poem and beautiful photos. Reading Wordsworth here makes me wonder if we haven’t always been what we’ve become. I’m afraid, sometimes, that our 24-hour news cycle makes us appear worse than we are, or is it something in human nature that forbids “half-credit” for trying?


  2. We DID receive the heaven-sent rescue 2000 years ago! And look around — what have we done to ourselves and to each other in response?


  3. And 2,000 years is a drop in the bucket— “yesterday” on the geologic scale. So there’s still time….


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