On the Grasshopper and the Cricket
John Keats (1795-1821)
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.
December 30, 1816.

You may not know that I take a 4 mile walk,
usually during the lunch hour,
usually with Ron,
usually 5 days a week.

Yesterday was particularly beautiful.
The sky so crystal clear blue.
The hills green and sprinkled with wildflowers.
The hawks soaring magnificently.
We paused here and there so that I
could capture the day with my phone camera.
I wanted to share the feeling of the day
with you, dear hearts.

By the way,
I have a couple of exciting blog features
coming up in the next couple of days.
Two lovely, beautiful ladies
will soon feature a tidbit or two
{of the Fringe variety}
on their gorgeous blogs.

Stay tuned.
the festivities begin!

Thank you for visiting,
thank you for being you...

Much love!



Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Dennice:
Keats is one of our favourite poets and the one you have chosen here is so perfect for the season and beautifully illustrated by your photographs. How marvellous to have such a wonderful landscape in which to walk, Nature is so full of treasures, many free for the looking!!!

hometown girl said...

what a lovely post! a four mile walk, that's fantastic and how nice to walk with ron! hope you are well, i miss you!! xo suz

Dennice {Fringe} said...

Jane and Lance - It's so nice to find a fellow poetry lover in my midst! Thank you for your kind and generous comment. Also, yes, nature is SO full of treasures!

Suz - Thanks for your sweet words, friend! I know I'm so fortunate that Ron's around to walk with me on most days. We're blessed with mild weather here too. I miss you!