I'm sorry this poem is late! But I have several pieces of good news that are also excuses for dilatory blog posts:
1. G & I are building a house. We're doing most of the work ourselves, which means slave-labor dawn to dusk!
2. I'm giving a paper entitled "Heraldry of Heaven: The development of Sehnsucht in the writings of C. S. Lewis" at the C. S. Lewis: The Man and His Work: a 21st-Century Legacy conference at the end of the month, and have much work to do on that paper yet.
3. I've had my first poetry chapbook, The Significance of Swans accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press!! It is scheduled for release next August 8th. There will be plenty more news about that as the time draws closer. I just finished revising the MS and formatting everything for publication. My fellow blogger, Rosie Perera, has agreed to supply the cover art; a fitting physical and public expression of our long virtual collaboration!
So, with all those excuses out of the way, here's a (rather rough) poem. It is a precursor to a series of posts I'm planning on Lewis's ideas about Christianity and mythology. Enjoy!
Goddess of the Moon
If you exist, Diana,
in the minds and hearts of men,
running silver under moonlight passionate and cold,
Omnipotence created you.
He laboured with the idea of His work,
shaping every false, fantastic, mortals’ word
for thoughts they cannot understand but feel
into images, intangible but real.
Call it myth,
name yourself imaginary, praise
the sages whose inspiring gave you breath,
perhaps. But praise divine intent that,
knowing fact from fiction,
in His kindness gave us something other,
in His creation made a space