Wayside in Detail

Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection, ‘Wayside in Detail’.

Wayside in Detail

Let us pause together again by the wayside,

now taking our time to delight in the detail.

Here there is cat’s ear, there some red clover

and the tiny blue speedwell – all these I know –

and a single wild orchid, but what’s this beside it

in a white powdery dusting of blossom?

Down on one knee I examine a tangle

where a delicate thing has claimed my attention

with a neighbour next door, no less charming in detail

and an ant who is busy with whatever ants do.

And I think of the One who loves all of creation,

who made it, sustains it, and keeps it in view.


Fr La Flynn

12th July 2021

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