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.”
This poem is a double sonnet and an acrostic. Read the first letter of each line from top to bottom and compare that with the verse in the title. Trinity Fellowship was a church I planted in Toccoa, Georgia. It had a decade of good ministry in the 1990s before the reality that it was too radical for its sleepy little Southern town set in and it folded. I had to try, for reasons the poem makes clear. I have no regrets.
1 TIMOTHY 3:15
The Founding of Trinity Fellowship
Hard the path of men who live alone:
Outcasts, Eliot’s Magi with their race
Uncomprehending, staring, blank of face;
Seeking—those who ought to be their own,
Easily the hardest, hard as stone;
Hearts that claim and mouths and hands that trace
Outwardly the elements of Grace—
Lacking life, corruption over bone.
Daring to believe the Message still,
Onward plodding, leaving Hope behind,
Forgetting hunger for the kindred mind.
Grace has not forgotten all its skill:
Onward plodding, shows us in the trip
Delights unlooked for: founds the Fellowship.
Supper of the Lamb together shared;
Useless baggage seen and laid aside;
Prayer from deepest need—the need supplied;
Preaching from the Text—the Text declared;
Odes of ancient praise renewed and aired;
Royal priesthood serving side by side,
Tasks imposed by Scripture not denied;
Old and new, the treasures are prepared;
Flock responding to the Shepherd’s fife;
Truth digested into will and heart,
Realized in acts—at least a start;
Unction of the Spirit bringing life;
Together finally, Boaz and Ruth:
House of God and pillar of the Truth.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD