Spring and Fall: A Truth…


I first read ‘Spring and Fall’, by G.M.Hopkins in 1975, when I was seventeen – and thought, having studied it as part of my degree in English Literature, that I understood it pretty well – until this morning: A re-reading, inspired by the first falling of leaves, made me realise something vital, something I had missed, something expressed in the trio of haiku below:



Hopkins knew the truth:

Befriend Death ‘ere fear sets in –

Nature shows the way…


Hold hands with that end:

See bright colour drifting down –

Falling back to roots…


Dance with living joy:

Fired with life on Death’s firm forge –

Elemental fall…


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