Thursday, September 18, 2014

For POETS UNITED ~ Midweek Motif ~ Hildegard von Bingen ~ O' Nobilissima Viriditas ~ Green Leaves Trembling ~

In Honor of Saint  Hildegard Von Bingen 
Poet Philosopher Preacher Composer Writer and a Divine Visionary 1098-1179
Reason #4:  "A cornerstone of Hildegard's spirituality was Viriditas, or greening power, her revelation of the animating life force manifest in the natural world that infuses all creation with moisture and vitality. To her, the divine was manifest in every leaf and blade of grass. . . . Hildegard celebrated the sacred in nature, something highly relevant for us in this age of climate change and the destruction of natural habitats."


'Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. Now, think. What delight God gives to humankind with all these things. . . . All nature is at the disposal of humankind. We are to work with it. For without we cannot survive.

The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. This Word manifests itself in every creature. '

                                       Viriditas' Greening Power' by Hidegard of Bingen 

Green Leaves Trembling 

With the tremors
Shivering with laughter
What do they see?
That makes them murmur
Sweet rustlings;

Tender whisperings
Like the twittering
And the flittering
Manifesting Nature
In the green sea;

Waving leaves
Like the waves
Moving the living
And the dead
Spread for miles yet
With limits bound
Trunk so firm
in the ground
But the green
So serene

Silently brave
Taking life’s chance
Continues with the dance
Happy to be, to us unseen

With what, they see around.


  1. Ah a tree's view, an interesting take on the prompt.

  2. Nice wording and a lovely vision!

  3. Your poem got to my heart. Lately, I've been very focused on climate change, and our changing earth.

  4. Your poem got to my heart. Lately, I've been very focused on climate change, and our changing earth.

    1. Thank you Myrna yes the changes are taking place and cause concern

  5. You bring the trees, leaves, sea and everything green to life here in reality and in spirit. Thank you.

  6. Welcome.We planted these trees when we shifted to this small cottage like house in 1989. They have grown with me and my family given me strength courage and silent support and joined me in my prayer and meditation.

  7. I'm glad you focused on the part of Hildegard that loved nature.