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    orange Baltimore oriole on a flowering apple branch

    Ode to Everything

    A Poem for Spring

    By Marjorie Maddox

    March 22, 2021
    • Marjorie

      Nicholas, Hopkins is one of my heroes, so a grand complement, indeed.

    • Nicholas Keller

      Sensuous and bracing and thoughtful and pretty poem that reminds me of GM Hopkins.

    Enough of the lamentations.
    Open the window and sing!
    The world is awash with
    world: color-dripping globe always
    tilting into some Ah! or another,
    clouds stretching wide plump happiness,
    even in the noisy stage-show of showers,
    such sunny ovations.
    And the birds—
    overpopulating every poem—
    swoop here for free—
    swallow, hawk, robin, gull, eagle—what else
    can be written but wings that wave
    horizon to horizon?

    And enough of windows.
    Praise doors! Step out
    with arms open, and eyes gathering
    vim and vision: grandeur
    trailing from worm and woodchuck,
    branch puzzles of woods, open boat of breeze—
    all brimming with Hey!
    and Hallelujah!
    and Celebrate! such green giving
    of thanks, such miraculous mercy of earth:
    calm valley and even this rugged, rocky chain
    we climb now as family, claiming praise as respite,
    holding close each breaking day, dangerous
    yet divine in all
    its gorgeous glory.


    orange Baltimore oriole on a flowering apple branch

    Photograph by Ray Hennessy

    Contributed By MarjorieMaddox Marjorie Maddox

    Marjorie Maddox is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and has published eleven collections of poetry, a short story collection, and over 500 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. For more information on Marjorie's work, see

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