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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.”

How you see things depends greatly upon your point of view.  But it does not follow that all points of view are equally valid or accurate or useful–much less true.  Here are some rather celestial illustrations:

COPERNICAN REVOLUTION

They say the earth goes spinning through the sky.

The math is simpler if you view it thus,

And doubtless it is so, but still to us

It is the sun that whirls and rushes by.

Yet we can see both visions if we try,

Which raises one more issue to discuss:

The simple question what you’re going to trust,

What Reason says is true, or what the eye.

 

The eye informed by Reason is the best:

The eastern rim drops dizzily away;

The roller coaster roars out of the west,

Hurtles its riders on toward the day.

While most still lie oblivious in bed,

The planetary plane tilts overhead.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ 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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