“You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C. S. Lewis to Walter Hooper—reported in Hooper’s preface to the Lewis collection Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories (NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1966), v.
Such a tapestry his mind could weave;
He gave us Puddleglum and Reepicheep!
Yet there were two things he could not conceive:
A book too long, a pot of tea too deep.
He plumbed the deepest caves of human thought;
He climbed the peaks of poetry and song,
Yet never could he find that God had wrought
A cup of tea too large, a book too long.
Each day would dawn to the same set of plans:
Chapel, breakfast, and then what comes next?
The endless quest to satisfy the man’s
Voracious appetite for tea and text.
He gave his time, his energy, his love
To pupils, letters, books, and family,
To friends, chores, God—and the fulfillment of
His endless appetite for text and tea.
Donald T. Williams, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Toccoa Falls College in the hills of NE Georgia. A border dweller, he stays permanently camped out on the borders between literature and theology, serious scholarship and pastoral ministry, Narnia and Middle-Earth. An Inklings scholar and Christian apologist, he is the author of many articles and thirteen books, including Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2015), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018), The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Christian Publishing House, 2019), Stars through the Clouds: The Collected Poetry of Donald T. Williams, 2nd ed. (Lantern Hollow Press, 2020), and Ninety-Five Theses for a New Reformation: A Road Map for Post-Evangelical Christianity (Semper Reformanda Publications, 2021).
Donald T. Williams. “C.S. Lewis: A Life.” An Unexpected Journal 1, no. 4. (Advent 2018): 57.
Direct Link: https://anunexpectedjournal.com/c-s-lewis-a-life/
This new poem is scheduled to appear in the second edition of Stars Through the Clouds: The Collected Poetry of Donald T. Williams (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2018), currently in preparation. It is used here by permission.