Tag Archives: William Alexander Percy

Simply to fall on our knees

National Poetry Month, Day 21  //  Nothing sensory for me surpasses in glory the chorus of birdsong that rises in the predawn hours of early spring. As much as anything that bursts from the ground or buds from the greening branches of trees, and more than most, birdsong heralds the return of the season of […]

The silken sound

National Poetry Month, Day 3  //  Seeking connections that hold – the image from yesterday’s poem by Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider” – isn’t first of all about “seeking the spheres to connect them.” Before that, it’s about rediscovering silence and nurturing it so that, with what Benedict called the ear of my heart, I […]

What mattered today

At the end of every day, Flipboard sends me a summary of the day’s news, a list of stories they consider most important in the latest news cycle. Today’s list included stories about Google’s $5-billion fine; accounts by the Thai boys of their ordeal in the cave; Elon Musk’s apology for what he said about […]

Important work like sittin’ around fishin’

“Important work like sittin’ around fishin’ remains to be done.” In making this quaint observation, Pogo was not the first to recognize the importance of being alone and idle. The value of solitude has been affirmed throughout history. Early in the nineteenth century, Emerson wrote, “In the morning, — solitude;” said Pythagoras; that Nature may […]

Tell it slant

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson advised. “Too bright for our infirm Delight / The Truth’s superb surprise / … / The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind.” Someone, unquestionably well meaning and hungry for something more, once asked after one of my sermons (back in the […]