” WISDOM and Spirit of the universe! Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought! And giv’st to forms and images a breath And everlasting motion! not in vain, By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me The passions that build up our human soul; Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man; But with high objects, with enduring things, With life and nature; purifying thus The elements of feeling and of thought, And sanctifying by such discipline Both pain and fear,–until we recognise A grandeur in the beatings of the heart. “
This comes from “First Words”, a published collectionthat explores questions about life, about time and relationships, youth and age, scepticism and belief, questions and faith. They are the poems of a searching spirituality, moving from uncertainty towards maturity, and contain some of the earliest poems that I wrote that I wished to preserve.
“First Words” is available to purchase for £5 (GBP). I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.If you would like to purchase a copy, please follow this link
Inspired by Psalm 1, this poem comes from “Songs of Gladness, Songs of Pain”, a modern rendering of twenty-nine different Psalms, ancient texts that speak of human struggle to understand and relate to God.
Like the Psalms, these poems seek to understand evil and violence in the world, searching for peace and meaning, searching for joy and gladness in the midst of pain.
I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.
If you would like to purchase, please follow this link