Daily Archives: August 23, 2012

LXX

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.”

Ever since I worked as an assistant in the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Library during my seminary days, a library has been for me a wonderful metaphor of the world in all its fragile splendor.  This feeling was reinforced when I became acquainted with that wonderful research facility, the University of Georgia’s main library.  The following poem was inspired by the finding of a book that had been misfiled.

ODE TO A LIBRARY

(By One Who’s Been There

A million books and thrice that many cards

Interdependently interlocked and filed:

Physicists, philosopher, and bards,

Some readable by none, some by a child—

And if one thing’s misplaced, a frantic, wild

Search is precipitated.  Chaos grins,

The staff fights back, but never completely wins.

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