Ode to Ting Chiao



Take the path where the river flows.
Immerse yourself in its softness.
Nurture that which bends without breaking.
Glide with the wind; sail effortlessly.

Clear your mind from wandering thought.
Hear that which is silent to others.
In stillness there is wisdom .
Aim for balance and wellness.
Open yourself to the eternal Tao.

About this poem

This two-verse poem, written in the form of an acrostic, is an ode to a Chinese acupuncturist, whose medical practice celebrates the theme of “Balance and Wellness.”

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Written on February 06, 2014

Submitted by karlcfolkes on November 23, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 25, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXX XXXAX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 326
Words 62
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 5

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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