Nature Inspirations for June 2020 include: Nature Poem: Overlooking the River Stour, Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928) and Nature Painting: Fishing, Annibale Carracci (1585)

 

 

Nature Poem

Overlooking the River Stour

Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928)

 

The swallows flew in the curves of an eight

Above the river-gleam

In the wet June's last beam:

Like little crossbows animate

The swallows flew in the curves of an eight

Above the river-gleam.

 

Planing up shavings of crystal spray

A moor-hen darted out

From the bank thereabout,

And through the stream-shine ripped his way;

Planing up shavings of crystal spray

A moor-hen darted out.

 

Closed were the kingcups; and the mead

Dripped in monotonous green,

Through the day's morning sheen

Had shown it golden and honeybee'd;

Closed were the kingcups; and the mead

Dripped in monotonous green.

 

And never I turned my head, alack,

While these things met my gaze

Through the pane's drop-drenched glaze,

To see the more behind my back ...

O never I turned, but let, alack,

These less things hold my gaze!

 

 Fishing (Carracci) - Wikipedia

Nature Painting

Fishing, Annibale Carracci, 1585