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.”
When we think of the Arthurian legend, we are reminded that a love affair can go horribly wrong: Lancelot and Guinnevere. But it also shows us what it looks like when one goes very right.
CLIGES TO PHENICE
Beloved, gaze in thine own cloistered heart.
A secret Garden has been planted there
Of Nature’s growth refined by subtle Art
Where nothing thrives but what is sweet and fair.
And yet the sweetest and most wondrous places
Are buried deep. Thick hedges and high walls
Protect them from the coarse, intruding faces,
Far from the mocking laughter that appalls.
Yet once a lonely knight came wandering there,
Let in by some mysterious Grace, to roam
The most secluded paths. And in its air,
He breathed the long forgotten scent of Home.
So, Lady, seek in thine own cloistered heart
The secret Garden thou hast tended. There
Now dwells the Knight who lives to take thy part,
Who never more will leave that land most fair.
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