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.”

I have seen this book in person.  These reproductions do not do it justice.  Neither does the poem–but I hope it captures something.


The British Museum, London

(Since Moved to the British Library)

The monks of Lindisfarne illuminate,

In brilliant tones of gold and blue and red,

A text.  That beckons us to meditate

On what could lead such men to dedicate

Such long, painstaking labors to the dead?

The monks of Lindisfarne illuminate

A lot of things, if we but ruminate

Enough to follow out the knotted thread.

“A text that beckons us to meditate

Deserves such honor; so we celebrate

The truth it teaches us,” they might have said,

The monks of Lindisfarne.  “Illuminate

Our hearts, restore our souls, and elevate

Our minds that we may read the way they read

This text that beckons us.”  To meditate

Like that before the Lord might be the gate

That leads us back to where the flock is fed.

Thus, monks of Lindisfarne illuminate

All texts that beckon us to meditate.

Donald T. Williams, PhD

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 books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016) and “An Encouraging Thought”: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018)! Order from the publisher or Amazon.


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