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.”
At the High Museum of Art, Atlanta
On Loan from MOMA
He fought the demons with a tube of paint,
With knife and brush to joust—cut, thrust, and parry.
Each stroke was life or death: to drive and harry
Unceasing the dark foe, for once to faint
Would yield to black despair, the old complaint.
Rejected artist, preacher, missionary
Was more rejection than one man could carry.
In a better church, he might have been a saint.
So still the starlight pierces as it swirls
Above the silent hills and sleeping town
Behind the cypress writhing in the wind.
Again the heart its fierce defiance hurls,
In swaths of yellow, blue, and green, and brown
Carves out one hour of peace before the end.
Remember: for more poetry like this, look for Stars Through the Clouds, 2nd ed., coming before Christmas from Lantern Hollow Press! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow: 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), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018), and The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians Are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2019)! Order from the publisher or Amazon.