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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.”

ACCURACY

It is not blue, no matter what they say.

The basic livery, though trimmed in white,

Is equal parts of brown and green and gray.

You might believe it of a winter’s day,

But even in the warmest summer light,

It is not blue, no matter what they say.

Shades of blue?  The Mediterranean may;

The cold Atlantic offers us a sight

Of equal parts of brown and green and gray.

A hunting pelican plunges in the spray;

The seagull soars and calls out in his flight,

“It is not blue, not matter what they say.”

Near the breakers laughing children play,

Erecting castles walled against the might

Of equal parts of brown and green and gray.

The Poet too pursues it his own way—

To see and think and try to get it right:

It is not blue, no matter what they say,

But equal parts of brown and green and gray.

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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