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.”
Take as many walks like this as you can.
“You’re sure you know the way back to the car?”
“Of course. We simply have to go down the hill
Until we hit the river, then turn right,
And follow it upstream. It can’t be far.”
“It better not be.”
“Well, it isn’t. Still,
The sun is setting quickly–not that night
Would be unpleasant if it caught us here.
The air’s–but wait a minute–here we are!”
The river suddenly shimmered in the light
Of half a red sun and one pure white star.
The girl released her small, half pleasant fear,
And dropped it in the stream without a sound;
It just as silently floated out of sight.
“See, there’s the path back to the road, as clear
As day.” His whispered words were almost drowned
Out by a cricket and a timid wave
That flirted with the shore and with the ear.
“I wish I’d known before that you were bound
To cut cross-country, so I could have saved
These silly shoes from all the scuffs and mud
And worn my walking boots.”
He looked around
And saw her teasing smile. “You see, the paved
Roads couldn’t satisfy my roving blood.
I didn’t foresee, either, that the ground
Untrod beneath those trees would have the pull
It did. My feet were helpless to resist
She laughed, “And have you ever found
It otherwise?” “
I hope I never do.
Why, think of all the things we would have missed.”
“Like blisters, scratches, aching feet . . .”
And me alone with leaves, and clouds, and sun,
And evening flowing, like the river, slow . . .”
She took his hand, and sighed, and said, “I know.”
Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://www.createspace.com/3562314 and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest book from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. https://www.createspace.com/3767346.
Donald T. Williams, PhD