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.”
Two-plus of the remaining decades mentioned below are now already gone. And I thought they were disappearing in a hurry back then!
Four decades and a half have disappeared;
They vanished in the twinkling of an eye.
And now, the three or four that may remain
Are poised to follow. It is to be feared
They’ll hardly say “Hello” before they fly.
Some subtly altered circuits in the brain
Are the only legacy they leave behind:
It’s what they’re literally remembered by.
And even that inheritance would be vain
If those faint traces vanish with the mind.
If anything survives, it’s understood
That there are yet some changes that I would
Accomplish if I can before I die.
Donald T. Williams, PhD
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