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.”
My friend, C. S. Lewis scholar Kathryn Linkskoog, the author of The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land, suffered from a debilitating disease which deprived her of control over her muscles and confined her to bed. She continued to write books to the world and emails to me, tapping them out one letter at a time on her computer with the one finger she could still control. I disagreed with some of her later conclusions, but never was there a more heroic soul in the quest for truth, fighting on against unspeakable odds while battling a body that would no longer cooperate. This poem was read at her funeral.
(Kathryn Lindskoog, d. 2003)
Her body, helpless, lay upon the bed,
Its life force all contracted to the head.
She had but one hand that she could control,
The feeble servant of a potent soul,
From which came, tapping, one key at a time,
Her thoughts—some controversial, some sublime—
All driven by the need to understand
The Lion of Judah in never-never land.
And now she does. Fans’ cheers, the critics’ hiss
Fade out; she wakes up to a Lion’s kiss.
The once limp legs can run. The race begins:
“My child! Come further up, come further in.”
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Donald T. Williams, PhD