Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Poem #13- G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Can we safely say that Chesterton wrote a lot of... everything? According to his entry on wikipedia.com, he wrote on, "philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction." Known for many great things, he was also known for one rather amusing thing- his sheer size. Check this out (from the same article): "Chesterton was a large man, standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing around 290 lb. His girth gave rise to a famous anecdote. During World War I a lady in London asked why he was not 'out at the Front'; he replied, 'If you go round to the side, you will see that I am.' On another occasion he remarked to his friend George Bernard Shaw: "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England". Shaw retorted, "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it". P. G. Wodehouse once described a very loud crash as "a sound like Chesterton falling onto a sheet of tin." Here's an interesting twist on the humble animal that carried Christ during the Passion Week. Enjoy!

When forests walked and fishes flew
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood,
Then, surely, I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening bray
And ears like errant wings—
The devil's walking parody
Of all four-footed things:

The battered outlaw of the earth
Of ancient crooked will;
Scourge, beat, deride me—I am dumb—
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour—
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout around my head
And palms about my feet.

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