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 places you would never notice if they were not marked by a roadside sign. You cross the Equator on the road out of Kampala to the Southeast. I’ve driven past that point many times. Guess what? The Southern Hemisphere doesn’t look any different from the Northern—but it is. A similar phenomenon here in the United States is the Continental Divide. One goes over many ridges driving through the Rockies, but none as significant as this one—but apart from the sign there is nothing to tell you. I wonder what else in life is like that?
Only a matter of minutes ago
The water in this stream
Was part of a bank of solid snow.
Now it splashes down to the rocks below,
Then on to the Gulf of Mexico.
It certainly doesn’t seem
As if a hundred yards or less
Away, o’er an imperceptible crest,
Another stream should be heading west
In search of a different sea.
Two windblown snowflakes came to rest
An inch apart. Who could have guessed
That such a widely divergent quest
Should be their destiny?
But if you’ve watched the snowflakes blow
And felt how strongly rivers flow
And seen how men and women grow
By making choices that seem so
Insignificant—then you know
That such a thing can be.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD