The Hidden Treasure

Behold the parable of life:
Vanity, vanity, vanity!
All of life is but a dream:
A dream of hidden treasures.
And the dream, alas, must die…
As all dreams surely die…

At the rising of the Sun…
At the rising of the Self…
The hidden Self within.
Store therefore your treasure…
Your hidden treasure in heaven…
Your treasure buried within.

About this poem

This poem deals with the eternal search of humanity to find and experience one’s hidden potentialities hidden within the psyche. It is, as Swiss psychiatrist Car Jung suggests, the eternal quest to become individuated; or, in the language of theology, to become a “new man.”

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Written on September 15, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 15, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 07, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 347
Words 66
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    This poem is an allusion to the “hidden treasure” that is discovered when we are “born again.”
    LikeReply19 days ago
  • israel_u
    remember "Treasure Island by R.L Stevenson. I remember Long John Silver.
    LikeReply19 days ago
  • israel_u
    Life is a tale "full of sound and fury signifying nothing."(William Shakespeare
    LikeReply23 days ago


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