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Harmony in Balance

Life has its reason.
Nations rise and fall.
Let this be caution!

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A cautionary tale: Axiomatic is the riddle of Life. Life has its reason that reason does not comprehend. Each ending offers a new beginning. For life itself is nothing but a circle; the Chthonic, Ouroboros , encompassing both the old and what appears as new. The wherewithal of it is this: Let Wisdom have her Way. There is an old saw which Calliope, patron of poets and musicians, has implored me to share with my fellow Earthlings, and which is a preface to this “Harmony in Balance” haiku poem: “Don’t gloat when you’re on high, for tomorrow you may fall. And when today you’re down, don’t bemoan your fate; for tomorrow you may surely rise. Take everything in stride. Let harmony be your guide.” 

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Written on December 07, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 07, 2021

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 64
Words 14
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3

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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  • Dougla$Irishman
    There is a wisdom from God and a wisdom from the world.
    1 Cor :19 says it all ! The Bible is your format for your life, not man's understanding. Why not read it ?
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Soulwriter
    Wise and concise.
    Qu: did you purposely waver from the traditional 5-7-5 haiku form?
    LikeReply1 year ago


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