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 was at a church conference at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Mn. During a break, I wandered into the chapel. The poem that resulted was originally published in the church architecture magazine Faith and Form 35:2 (2002): 22. Sadly, my visit to that chapel was before cell phones and their photo apps, so the illustrations below are from other churches.
THOUGHTS ON CHURCH ARCHITECTURE
The Chapel, Northwestern College, St. Paul, Mn., June, 1987
The marble columns grew like trees;
They arched above your head to soar
In light and branching traceries.
Between the boles, the forest floor
Was touched by shafts of colored light
Which slanted through the middle air
From windows high exalted there
Past motes of silver dancing in the height
Like thoughts with wings that wheel from trees in flight.
It was a world of air and stone
Indwelt by silence, light, and thought,
One pilgrim wandering in alone,
And sound of breath in wonder caught.
In such an arbor, how could I
But guess at what the gardener meant?
His arches reaching seemed to hint:
For so much weight of stone to soar so high
Was like a marriage between Earth and Sky.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD