“All this flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am a mercenary and self-seeking through and through;
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.
Peace, reassurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin;
I talk of love – a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek –
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.”

C.S. Lewis

This is one of the reasons I love to read Lewis, he is reflective, thoughtful, and brutally honest in his writing.

I remember the first time I read this poem, I was forced to think of own state of depravity in contrast to the riches of God’s grace shown to me in the Gospel.

One thought on “C.S. Lewis the Poet

  1. When I read Lewis’s poem, I thought, how does he know me. Thank God for adoption through propitiation. To understand the depth of what that means, is to live a different life.

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