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
12 July 2021