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.”
It’s a little late for this poem, but we are still enjoying the Spring its topic heralded a month ago.
“Look at me! I’m blue! I’m blue!”
“Look at me! I’m red!”
That is what the Bluebird trilled
And the Cardinal said.
“Look at me! I am the sign
That Spring is on the way.”
That is what I clearly heard
The early Robin say.
“Look at us! We’re brightest yellow!
We were the first who came!”
Thus the quickly blooming Jonquils
Also made their claim.
“Look at me! I am the cause
That Spring is near at hand.”
The earlier-rising Sun was sure
That I would understand.
Now, to ignore such urgent carols
Surely would be rude,
As it would be illogical
If one did not conclude
That Winter soon must take the hint
That he did not belong
And go off in a huff to let them
Sing their gentle song.
Remember: for more poetry like this, order Dr. Williams’s collected poetry, Stars through the Clouds, 2nd edition (Lantern Hollow Press, 2020) at https://smile.amazon.com/dp/173286800X?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860! And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (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 (Christian Publishing House, 2019)! Order from the publisher or Amazon.