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.”

One of my poetic aspirations is to bring about a revival of old forms like the villanelle and the sonnet.  And one way of doing that is to explore the potential of these old forms to learn new tricks.  It seems to me that we have not sufficiently mined the dramatic potential of the sonnet.  That’s one thing I’m trying to do here.


Commentary, Luke 4:1-13

“And if the Voice at Jordan really said

That you were His beloved Son, when on

Your shoulder came the Sprit—you need bread?—

Just ask!  He’d make a loaf for you from stone.

Now, you were sent to take—I’ll not say ‘steal’—

The kingdoms over which I rightly reign.

I’m not unreasonable.  Let’s make a deal.

No need for either of us to suffer pain.

Savation’s (as you know) by faith.  Let’s make

It easy for the people to believe.

It says right in the Bible you’ll not break

A bone, so jump!  The angels will receive . . .”

Thrice, “No,” the only answer Satan heard:

Three times, the simple power of the Word.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Dr. Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Stars Through the Clouds


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