Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…


With the season of Lent upon us, I wanted to share yet another poem, this time by the Anglican poet, Robert Herrick.

To Keep a True Lent

Is this a Fast to keep
     The Larder lean?
     And clean
From fat of Veals and Sheep?

Is it to quit the dish
     Of Flesh, yet still
     To fill
The platter high with Fish?

Is it to fast an hour
     Or rag'd to go,
     Or show
A downcast look, and sour?

No; 'tis a Fast, to dole
     Thy sheaf of wheat
     And meat
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife,
     From old debate
     And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;
     To starve thy sin,
     Not Bin;
And that's to keep thy Lent.


Anonymous said…
The Anglican's have shorted you again, it is both to give out food and to fast. ;-) Silly Protestants. :-D