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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

SCENE

The rain comes driving, slanting through the mist.

The trees and sky, a blur of grey and green:

Impressionistic brush-strokes on the screen

By a Chinese artisan with dancing wrist.

And there, beneath a sheltering tree, the tryst.

Oblivious to the weather, they are keen

On what from words and glances one may glean:

She lifts her face up to her knight, is kissed.

 

The raindrop and the teardrop on the cheek

Are mingled, flowing in the self-same track.

And are they tears of joy?  The sky is bleak.

It seems their kiss has sealed a solemn pact:

He lifts her to his steed; away they streak;

They fade into the mist, do not look back.

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

REVELATION: NATURAL, SPECIAL

Commentary, Rom. 1:18-23, 2:14-16

Inscribed upon the stars and in our bones

Is truth we know so well and yet suppress.

The hardest tablets are not made of stone.

In spite of all we say that we condone,

Conscience whispers softly nonetheless

Of Laws within the stars and in our bones.

We drown the Voice with chatter; on we drone.

It calls us back, but still we will digress:

The hardest tablets were not made of stone.

When Moses climbed the Mountain all alone,

A Finger into slabs of rock impressed

What stood upon the stars and in our bones.

Before he could get back, they would be thrown

To break against the flint within our breasts:

The hardest tablets were not made of stone.

Part of Creation’s universal groan,

The Voice will not be stilled, for still it rests

Inscribed upon the stars and in our bones:

The hardest tablets are not made of stone.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016) and “An Encouraging Thought”: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018)!  Order from the publisher or Amazon.

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

I gotta get back.

THE ROMANCE OF ENGLAND

Magdalen Tower, Oxford

The mere names: Glastonbury, Stow-on-Wold,

Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Wells;

The landscapes: heath and moor, the Yorkshire dales,

Ancient forest, hedgerow, field and fold;

The churches: even the most obscure will hold

Some unexpected treasure—peal of bells

Forevermore cascading down the scales,

In stone and glass, the ancient Story told.

Oh, wait, wrong map–but close enough!

And then the ruins:  Stonehenge, Dead Man’s Wall,

Godstowe Abbey, Whitby, Lindisfarne,

Or churches whole but empty (that should warn

Us of our own potential for a fall)—

For all the world contains no richer place

In history of concentrated grace.

St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

THE SHRINE OF ST. THOMAS A’ BECKET

Canterbury Cathedral

A candle burns where once St. Thomas’ shrine

Enclosed the holy blissful martyr’s tomb

Until the eighth King Henry’s dark design

Upon its gold reached out and sealed its doom.

The countryside is littered with the bones

Of great houses sacred to the Lord.

Godstowe, Glastonbury gave their stones

To house and barn, their gold to Henry’s hoard.

Now nine and twenty ghostly pilgrims pass

Close by the candle burning on the floor,

But, like vision in a misted glass,

The fade from view and soon are seen no more.

The wind blows through the ruins; Heaven turns;

The pilgrims pass; the lonely candle burns.

Canterbury Cathedral

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

CODEX ALEXANDRINUS

The British Museum, London

(Since Moved to the British Library)

Within a very ordinary case

Of glass that one might easily have skipped

There lies the greatest link that lets us trace

Our faith to the Apostles.  Quill pen dipped

So carefully in ink, the scribe, equipped

With great dexterity, capacious learning,

What was to him an ancient manuscript,

And sheets of vellum, wrote.  The letters, burning,

Flamed in eye and hand and spirit, yearning

To shine in other breasts.  In close precision

The columns march toward the future, turning

The simple strokes and curves to holy vision.

And if we do not wander in the night,

It’s men like this who handed us the light.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016) and “An Encouraging Thought”: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018)! Order from the publisher or Amazon.