A Poem from the Wizard

kinnon —  November 26, 2007 — 2 Comments

Roy Williams is one of those polymaths who has had significant impact on my life…and the life of my family. He’s written a wonderfilled poem, Wrong Turn Taken on the Straight and Narrow, that I think you should read. Or listen to.

An excerpt:

War was declared by the Land of Who Cares
On the Used-to-Be, and all that is theirs.
“You don’t matter at all!” the Who-Cares cried,
“You said we had to, but we found you lied!”

Then there came from the Way It’s Always Been
Ten clones who bellowed, “Transgression and sin!”
They put their strength on the Used-to-Be side,
Shouting as one, “By these rules we abide!”

Onto the scene from the Land of Up Yours
Ran ten independents into the wars
Whose only concern was not being held
To standards imposed by heads that are swelled.

And all of this caused a deeper chagrin
Among those of the Way It Might Have Been.
“Can’t we all be friends?” they asked with big eyes,
Amidst the Up-Yours shouts and the Who-Cares cries.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to A Poem from the Wizard

  1. thanks Bill for posting this…I read the rest of the “poem” and then copied it and sent it to a bunch of people. I call them my “theo-praxis” group…some friends around the world who I love to bug with new thoughts and insights. This was great! I love the fact that I am still part of the land of those who care despite the fact that I have leanings toward the “up yours” crowd! Oh well…age has its benefits!

    Keep it going bro!


  2. What an amazing poem … I sent it to my agnostic mom. I think she’ll like it. Thanks for posting it.


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