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.”
BOXING DAY: Some of us will not put away the tinsel until after New Year’s Day, but the day after Christmas threatens to be a let-down after all the buildup. But we should be just as grateful for our friends and family and their gifts (the ones we haven’t taken back to the store), and above all for the Gift of our Savior. It’s easy to feel such things on the day itself. Most of life presents us with the challenge that Boxing Day brings into focus, so it is a day we should make good use of. For some, that challenge is especially intense. For Dante in exile from Florence, life as a whole must have seemed like a huge let-down. Yet no one accomplished more poetically than he did. Hmmm.
Dante knew how salt could be the bread,
How steep the stair,
How hard the bed
Within the stranger’s house to which he’d fled,
Despite how well-intentioned, kind, and fair
The welcome there.
And I myself have seen, a time or two,
That puzzled stare,
From one you would have thought would have a clue
Why I pursue
The things for which I seem compelled to care.
But Dante knew:
We who are Pilgrims must be Strangers here,
Where kindred minds are far between and few.
That much is clear.
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