a poem by
April 20, 2012
The writer, C.S. Lewis, said he never read the newspapers or owned a TV. “If any-
thing important happens, someone will always say,”
he claimed. His house was filled with books. The life he led
began each day with prayer, with pen and a notebook,
food, teaching, more writing, then meeting friends for beer
and talk and laughter. 50 books of his appear
in 65 years on this earth. “Just take a look,”
he said, “I’m the last dinosaur you’ll ever see!”
His day of death was not reported on TV:
November 22, 1963.
C.S. Lewis’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The Chronicles of Narnia are the most popular. having been popularized on stage, TV, radio and film. His book A Grief Observed, an exceptionally honest reflection following the death of the love of his life, Joy Davidman, meant a great deal to me in dealing with my own raw grief. The film Shadowlands was based on A Grief Observed. Lewis was no stranger to the grief that shocked the world in Dallas November 22, 1963, the day he died without the notice he deserved.
“…God’s demand for perfection need not discourage you in the least in your present attempts to be good, or even in your present failures. Each time you fall He will pick you up again. And He knows perfectly well that your own efforts are never going to bring you anywhere near perfection.”
– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity