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.”
The first church in the set of acrostics below shall remain blessedly anonymous–but examples are, sadly, not hard to find. The second was Trinity Fellowship of Toccoa, Georgia, which had a significant ministry in the 1990’s before she succumbed to the fact that she was just too radical for her sleepy little Southern town. She was formed on the pattern of University Church, Athens, GA. (www.theuniversitychurch.org), which manages still to survive as a testament to the fact that a New-Testament church is not, even in this decadent age, a complete impossibility.
(The Generality, America, Late 20th Century)
Enemies before her would retreat,
Could find no refuge, even in their gates,
Could she but once advance; and yet defeat
Lies heavy on her face. She hesitates,
Ever stumbling over her own feet.
She cannot lift them, cumbered by the weights.
Insane! She thinks herself well clothed and rich—
All but naked, headed for the Ditch.
(When It’s Working)
Fellow pilgrims following the Way,
Ambassadors who serve the King of kings,
Members of the Body and the Head;
Itinerants who seek a place to stay,
Listening, believing, questioning,
Yearning to enflesh the Truth they’ve read.
Overcomers through Another’s might,
Finders of the Joy that seeking brings,
Givers of their bounty: beggars’ Bread;
Owners of white robes and crowns of light
Derived from One who lives but once was dead.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD