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.”

Physics and chemistry have moved beyond the four elements of medieval lore.  Symbolism has not.  And that is a good thing.


“And the world was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was brooding over the surface of the waters.”


Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire

Each against the others strain

Until the stronger God, Desire,

Binds them in the Golden Chain.


Water, Wind, Fire, and Earth

Mix in Chaos uncontrolled

Until sweet Order, brought to birth,

Links them in the Chain of Gold.


Wind, Fire, Earth, and Water,

Each of which, in Nature’s course,

Would make the world’s foundations totter,

Bow before a greater Force.


Fire, Earth, Water, Wind

Perform what they’ve no knowledge of:

Find their unity and end

Within the Golden Chain of Love.


Harmony in universe,

From cacophony, a choir;

Thus does Grace redeem the curse

Of Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire.

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