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Ode to Aristophanes



Come Dionysus, let us entertain our frogs
as we prepare once more the great descent
into our darkened labyrinth.
There, our darkness is our light…
Not haunted by the need for space or time
we find eternal peace
in the company of spritely poets.
Gladly their shades hold court with us
in sweet cavernous bliss.
So let us drink again, and even again
the darkened earthly wine…
savoring its bitter-sweet sap
that nourishes the thirsty soul.

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This poem celebrates the joy of life seeking to engage the listener or reader in the spirit of carpe diem — to seize every precious moment of one’s life and live life as fully as is divinely possible.

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Written on June 20, 1992

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 15, 2021

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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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