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.”
The loss of attention spans, first to television, then to computer games, and now to smart phones, is frightening. Do we have any idea what we have lost? What? Did you say something?
We seem incapable of concentration;
More than a moment, we cannot be stirred.
Not all our gigabytes of information
Can keep the simplest thought from being blurred.
The ancient writers used no punctuation;
No space was used to set off word from word.
Still, they preserved for future generations
The chance to hear the cadence Homer heard.
But now, with electronic inundation,
Is thought enhanced, or is it just deferred?
We feed upon our own sophistication,
And indigestion leaves us undeterred.
Have we the vision yet, the wide-eyed awe
To see what Homer in his blindness saw?
Donald T. Williams, PhD
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