Hopkins Festival 2015






Tree Planting to Remember Absent Friends

Each year since we started in 1987, visitors and the committee plant a tree in memory of friends who died during the last year. In 2014, New York poet, Kevin Mceneaney wrote this poem.

Memory Tree, 2014

Here at this Tree of Life and Death,
we remember those who walked
under that green-bowered sky-roof
of Gerard Hopkins and his poetry,
having gamboled in his delightful words
acclaiming Christ-joy in nature and God.
All these bright memory-names before us,
Hopkins would have loved to meet,
discuss Homer, birdsong, clouds—
and perhaps if his modesty relented—
his own work, his striving for perfection.
All those names solemnly assembled here,
we recall, embrace in heart, give thanks
for walking in the footsteps of Hopkins.

Among those remembered in 2015 will be German artist, Wilhelm Fõchersperger and Evelyn Wilson RIP


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