The Common Good

I’m happy to introduce to you writer, poet, renaissance man – Timothy Willard. He co-authored Veneer: Living Deeply In A Surface Society (Zondervan) and serves as Chaplain for Praxis. Tim (I call him Tim) writes on Christian living, the interplay between faith and culture, theology, leadership and personhood. While yes he’s also considered a poet, most would say he’s just melodramatic. He doesn’t get why most writers fear language and he hates “ly” words (seriously, Tim?). He began his writing career trying to mimic Shakespeare’s love sonnets in the eighth grade. He failed, but got the girl. You can find his musings and more at

Tim, thanks for taking the time to share here. Good work, and Texas forever.


The fire burns, birch and maple
To black
And long extends my moments,
For time like wood exhausts
Too quick
My years, my body—abhorrent.
This room grows cold and then,
My love,
Our shadows roll congruent,
For dark will hold though time
Doth wane
Thy fondness reigns triumphant.

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  1. Christie on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm


  2. wynnegraceappears on March 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Oh great another anti ly person. 🙂 I get it, I do. Just a bit paranoid one is going to sneak in a poem of mine. Old habits and all that….thanks for introducing us to his beautiful voice. This is truly lovely.

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