Second Hundred and Sixty-three Poems


Second Hundred and Sixty-three Poems is a book of poetry written between August 1963 and March 1967 while the author was in college. He shares what he was feeling and thinking when he wrote some of his poems. It is an autobiography in poetry. The author often considered taking his own life, but decided not to do that. The author questioned his Evangelical Protestant upbringing and later chose to be a Christian through his philosophy of life and not through the church. He served as a pastor for a number of years. The poems are presented in the order in which he wrote them and they share the feelings and questions he had during that time in his life. Readers may find his poems and comments helpful as they struggle with their own feelings about the world, their family and friends and their purpose in life.

Excerpt

Ah, if only to be an interstellar spider,
Hanging my web between star
and star, becoming an important
Matrix
Holding the Universe in
Communion
With itself
Through me
as the weaver of thread.