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IF I BE HUMBLE AND SO MEEK (Honoring a Poet Sage)



The more I read about this tale,
The more my poems seem so pale,
Not shining bright to you delight,
A master’s poems out of sight!
You must consider great the craft,
A poet tinkering with a draft.
To turn this draft into an art
From which a reader cannot part.
That is a poem I should write;
One you consider not too trite.
I bid you thus to take a peek,
If I be humble and so meek.

About this poem

This poem honors the life and legacy of French-German poet, naturalist, linguist, botanist, and romantic writer, Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838). Famous for his pioneer work in Botanical Orthography, reflected in his poetic compositions, Chamisso is also well remembered for his playful, delightfully enchanting pigtail poem entitled simply, in English, “The Pigtail.” The opening stanza of the poem reads as follows: “There lived a sage in days of yore, And he a handsome pigtail wore; But wondered much, and sorrowed more, Because it hung behind him.  

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Written on November 18, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on November 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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