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.”
I gotta get back.
THE ROMANCE OF ENGLAND
The mere names: Glastonbury, Stow-on-Wold,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Wells;
The landscapes: heath and moor, the Yorkshire dales,
Ancient forest, hedgerow, field and fold;
The churches: even the most obscure will hold
Some unexpected treasure—peal of bells
Forevermore cascading down the scales,
In stone and glass, the ancient Story told.
And then the ruins: Stonehenge, Dead Man’s Wall,
Godstowe Abbey, Whitby, Lindisfarne,
Or churches whole but empty (that should warn
Us of our own potential for a fall)—
For all the world contains no richer place
In history of concentrated grace.
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