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.”
Theology can’t be all serious! Let’s see, how many rhymes can I find for “divinity?”
DITTY FOR SEMINARIANS
A scholar of divinity
Was studying eternity,
And since he had a minute, he
Sat down to write a paper.
But e’er that he could pen it, he
Found that he must begin it; he
Met Despair, and in it, he
Got lost as in a vapor.
For eternity’s infinity,
Though open to the Trinity,
To Man’s soul is a mystery,
And always will escape her.
(Well—if it seemed hard to begin it, he
Should have tried to end it! He
Would still this very minute be
A-working on the paper.)
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Donald T. Williams, PhD