‘Pause and Ponder’ is a series of reflections inspired by the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg.
The latest reflection from this series is highlighted below – ‘Discarded Beauty’ with Fr La.
Back at the quarry again I survey
the boulders and rocks that lie scattered around.
The quarry delivered rough, suitable stone
for the forest roads when they were laid down.
These are the stones that were not put to use –
and here I discover some discarded beauty.
A layer of white quartz in a sandwich of limestone
reflects back the light to claim my attention.
That other rock, too, has some quartz, I suspect,
from the way that its swirling lines catch the light.
And the base of this boulder shows a segment of curve
so clean that it might have been drawn with a compass.
How often I passed and never had noticed
that these natural wonders were awaiting my gaze.
Fr La Flynn, Prior
13 September 2021
The earlier reflections are listed below:
Reflection: ‘Written in Stone’
Reflection: ‘Seedtime on the Path’
Reflection: ‘The Bonnie Rowan Tree’
Reflection: ‘Harebells in August’
Reflection: ‘A Wetland View’
Reflection: ‘Together on the Pilgrim Path’
Reflection: ‘Fairy Fingers’
Reflection: ‘Wayside in Detail’
Reflection: ‘Wayside in Bloom’
Reflection: ‘Pilgrim Rhododendrons‘
Reflection: ‘Another Oak’
Reflection: ‘The Only Oak’
Reflection: ‘Back where it Began’
Reflection: ‘Bluebells in May’
Reflection: ‘Three Mysteries’
Reflection Frosty Lockdown
Reflection Day of New Beginning
Reflection Muddy Tracks
Reflection ‘Midwinter Holly’
Reflection ‘Pilgrimage in the Frost’
Reflection ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’
Reflection ‘The Blessing of Space’
Reflection ‘Reflecting on Reflections’
Reflection ‘Insignificant Sphagnum’
Reflection ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’
Reflection ‘The Gift of the Rainbow’
Reflection ‘The Uphill Path’