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.”


Thin clouds set by the moon aglow;

Concentric circles fade away:

White like sun on face of snow

Melts through silver into gray.

The surface is not smooth, but creased:

Rents and patches, not a few,

Hurried on from West to East,

Sometimes let a star shine through.

Frame it all with stands of pine,

Silent shapes against the light.

Shifting shadows redefine

Modulating moods of night.

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, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD

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