CCXVII

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.”

NATIVITY

It pushes up from down below;

The hillside slopes and drops away:

And so the stream begins to flow—

Exactly where, I cannot say.

 

Where leaves have fallen, there they lie;

The rain soaks through them day by day.

Slowly the top layers dry—

Exactly when, I cannot say.

 

And then the leaves are wet again:

The damp spreads downhill like a ray.

It gathers to a trickle then—

Exactly how, I cannot say.

 

Imperceptibly its force

Collects, ‘til in a bed of clay

(The leaves expelled) it makes its course—

Exactly where, I cannot say.

 

Although the stream is very young,

It has some things it wants to say:

You realize it’s found its tongue—

Exactly when, I cannot say.

 

It disappears beneath a stone;

Then suddenly, several yards away,

It’s back again—and t has grown.

Exactly how, I cannot say.

 

It pushes up from down below;

The hillside slopes and drops away;

And so the stream begins to flow—

Exactly where, I cannot say.

 

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, 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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