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The Eye of Omicron

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

A Phoenician War Cry:
Eyeing humankind.

About this poem

This three-line haiku poem, “The Eye of Omicron,” is written as an omen, delivering a potent message. It plays on the metaphor of omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, being geometrically eye-shaped, as an all-seeing divine eye. Etymologically, the word omicron is derived from the Greco-Phoenician word, ayin, with companion etymological roots in Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Arabic; and which means both “eye” and “fountain,” the latter word serving symbolically as having the potential capabilities of over-flooding, as in a pandemic. The haiku poem employs the numbers 8.1.1 52 9, the original label used to identify the omicron variant. The potent omen of the poem says this: “Be ye ever vigilant. Protect the Planet Earth!” 

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Written on December 21, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 21, 2021

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Scheme ABC
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Words 9
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
    Excellent information, well thought out !
    But this world will not get any better, only better at getting worse !
    A sin sick world with no room for God !
    Remember, constructive criticism should always be taken in the good light it was sent !
    Bravo ! 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Soulwriter
    Heavy stuff...
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • acronimous
    Very smart! I admire you vast knowledge...
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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