Analysis of Harmony in Balance

Life has its reason.
Nations rise and fall.
Let this be caution!

Scheme ABA
Poetic Form Tercet 
Metre 11110 10101 11110
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 64
Words 14
Sentences 3
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3
Lines Amount 3
Letters per line (avg) 17
Words per line (avg) 4
Letters per stanza (avg) 50
Words per stanza (avg) 12

About this poem

A cautionary tale: Axiomatic is the riddle of Life. Life has its reason that reason does not comprehend. Each ending offers a new beginning. For life itself is nothing but a circle; the Chthonic, Ouroboros , encompassing both the old and what appears as new. The wherewithal of it is this: Let Wisdom have her Way. There is an old saw which Calliope, patron of poets and musicians, has implored me to share with my fellow Earthlings, and which is a preface to this “Harmony in Balance” haiku poem: “Don’t gloat when you’re on high, for tomorrow you may fall. And when today you’re down, don’t bemoan your fate; for tomorrow you may surely rise. Take everything in stride. Let harmony be your guide.” 

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Written on December 07, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 07, 2021

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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