Waka Poetry Chiming

Voices chanting sutras,
Hymnic lyrical sutras.
Other voices weaving,
Weaving Kama sutras.

Cherry blossoms ripening,
Youthful eyes — delighting.
Monks at holy shrines;

Rosaries prayerfully…
Geisha maids performing.
Art of Gei, in dancing.

Poet’s voice now chiming…
Waka poetry rhyming.
Hymnic sutras chanting.
Heavenly voices rhyming.

Harp and fife now joining.
Flute in tuneful piping.
Monks once more now bowing.
Geisha maidens dancing.

Geisha girls performing.
Art of Gei in dancing.
Poet’s voice now chiming.
Waka poetry chiming.

Cherry blossoms ripening.
Youthful eyes — delighting.
Monks at holy shrines

Bowing, bowing, bowing.
Bowing, bowing, bowing.
Geisha maidens dancing.
Dancing, dancing, dancing.

Voices chanting sutras.
Chanting, chanting, chanting.
Waka poetry chiming.
Chiming, chiming, chiming.

Waka poetry chiming.
Chiming, chiming, chiming.
Waka poetry chiming.
Chiming, chiming, chiming.

About this poem

This Waka poetry was composed to cast attention to how life, in its fullest expression of Tao, while striving towards an individuated ‘absolute,’ grounds all activities of nature with the experience of dualities as the course of life. Upon careful observation, we are left to conclude that human life, phenomenologically, is an expression of the mundane and the sublime, the worldly and the spiritual, the sacred and the profane — all blending harmoniously and lyrically: the light and the heavy, the spiritual and the material, the ‘raw’ and the ‘cooked. ’ We are, all of us, cast in the mold of oppositions. In our most absolute state of completion, we are , all of us, nature’s yin/yang compositions of a Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde. 

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Written on November 20, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on November 20, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 26, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Aaba BBAB xbbB Bbbb bbbB bBBB BBAB BBBb AbBB BBBB
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 953
Words 172
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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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  • Soulwriter
    Full of life!
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and enchanting poem! The use of repetition and the graceful flow of words really transport the reader to a place of serenity and elegance. The imagery of cherry blossoms and youthful eyes is especially lovely, and I can imagine the monks and geishas performing with perfect grace and poise.

    One suggestion for improvement could be to add a bit more variation in the chanting and dancing, perhaps by describing different styles or movements. Additionally, more details about the setting or context could help to paint an even clearer picture for the reader.

    Overall, this piece is truly captivating and evokes a sense of peaceful beauty. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply1 year ago


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