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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.”

There are places you would never notice if they were not marked by a roadside sign.  You cross the Equator on the road out of Kampala to the Southeast.  I’ve driven past that point many times.  Guess what?  The Southern Hemisphere doesn’t look any different from the Northern—but it is.  A similar phenomenon here in the United States is the Continental Divide.  One goes over many ridges driving through the Rockies, but none as significant as this one—but apart from the sign there is nothing to tell you.  I wonder what else in life is like that?

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE

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Only a matter of minutes ago

The water in this stream

Was part of a bank of solid snow.

Now it splashes down to the rocks below,

Then on to the Gulf of Mexico.

It certainly doesn’t seem

As if a hundred yards or less

Away, o’er an imperceptible crest,

Another stream should be heading west

In search of a different sea.

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Two windblown snowflakes came to rest

An inch apart.  Who could have guessed

That such a widely divergent quest

Should be their destiny?

But if you’ve watched the snowflakes blow

And felt how strongly rivers flow

And seen how men and women grow

By making choices that seem so

Insignificant—then you know

That such a thing can be.

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Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, due out Sept. 1, 2016, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD

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About gandalf30598

Theologian, philosopher, poet, and critic; minister of the Gospel who makes his living by teaching medieval and renaissance literature; dual citizen of Narnia and Middle Earth.

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