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.”

There are all kinds of ways to generate poetic structure and content.  Some of them count more than others.



One Person, two natures, three Persons, one God;

Four Gospels, four portraits, one Person—it’s odd.

Five wounds on one body; six days and then one,

Morning and night since the world was begun.

The stars of the sky and the sands of the sea:

Twelve tribes, one people, redeemed and set free.

Sixty-six books, forty men, many ages,

But only one message in all of its pages:

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one

Way to the Father in Heaven: the Son.


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, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, due out Sept. 1, 2016, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams


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