Love’s As Warm As Tears by C. S. Lewis

Love’s as warm as tears, Love is tears: Pressure within the brain, Tension at the throat, Deluge, weeks of rain, Haystacks afloat, Featureless seas between Hedges, where once was green. Love’s as fierce as fire, Love is fire: All sorts ‒ Infernal heat  
 Clinkered with greed and pride,  
 Lyric desire, sharp-sweet,  
 Laughing, […]

Meeting Virgil: ‘There Is Another Road’ by Dante

As I went, ruined, rushing to that low, there had, before my eyes, been offered one who seemed -long silent- to be faint and dry. Seeing him near in that great wilderness, to him I screamed my ‘miserere’: ‘Save me, whatever – shadow or truly man – you be.’ His answer came to me: ‘No […]

Light Changes Everything

A MOVEABLE FEAST Ernest Hemingway If I walked down by different streets to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the afternoon I could walk through the gardens and then go to the Musée du Luxembourg where the great paintings were that have now mostly been transferred to the Louvre and the Jeu de Paume. I went […]

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

THE PARLEMENT OF FOULES Geoffrey Chaucer “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day When every fowl cometh to choose his mate, Of every kind that men think may; And that so huge a noise gan they make, That earth and air and tree and every lake So full was, that underneath was there space For […]

A Year With C.S. Lewis

Many people select books containing daily readings or devotionals.  If that’s you I suggest A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works, edited by Patricia S. Klein and published by HarperOne.  The daily meditations have been culled from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem […]

Glory Is The Proof

You’ll know it—as you know ’tis Noon— By Glory— As you do the Sun— By Glory— As you will in Heaven— Know God the Father—and the Son. By intuition, Mightiest Things Assert themselves—and not by terms— “I’m Midnight”—need the Midnight say— “I’m Sunrise”—Need the Majesty? Omnipotence—had not a Tongue— His lisp—is Lightning—and the Sun— His […]

We Don’t Know The Score

Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald You never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. John Keats was one of the greatest poets of the English language.  Among other things he wrote Ode to a Nightingale, the beautiful poem from which F. Scott Fitzgerald got the title of his famous book […]