The Gift of Heavenly Light



A Divine Essence.
From some ethereal place.
Breathed: “Let there be light!”
And there was heavenly light.
Brought from above to the earth.

And this divine light.
So divinely created.
Brought hope to mankind.
For him to know right from wrong.
A promise he tries to keep.

This light from heaven.
Is given as a token.
To be shared by all.
Not ever to be abused.
To bring peace to all people.

The light from above.
Brought to enlighten the world.
Is a light of love.
But we must use it wisely.
Or else we may all perish.

About this poem

The theme of light and of love, or of love and of light, is received by us, consciously or unconsciously, as if it were a prayer, petitioning mankind to strive for the highest ethical standards of human behavior towards one another, towards all things that inhabit the earth, and towards the earth itself. Life and love, or love and life, is also an ecological prayer or appeal for us to be prudent guardians of Planet Earth. This is a tanka poem written in four stanzas to comprise a quatrain.  

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Written on February 07, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 07, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAAX AXXXX BBXXX CXCXX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 523
Words 120
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 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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