The Metaphysics of Time



The nature of time.
Who can answer my question.
To a hidden truth.
Time spawned by eternity.
The Bible has the answer.

Ponder on verse eight.
Second Corinthians Four.
The truth is revealed.
The world of olam ha-zeh.
How fleeting this world of time!

We are from below.
That is called olam ha-zeh.
Compared to our world.
The Holy ONE dwells above.
The home of olam ha-ba.

About this poem

After having composed two poems concerning the mystery of time and eternity, I recognize that the distinction is explained rabbinically as a theological contrast of the world of time (“olam ha-zeh”) and the world of eternity (“olam ha-ba”). In the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians, Chapter Four, this distinction is summarized succinctly in verse eight (NASB), which reads: “while we look not at the things which are seen [the things of time], but at the things which are not seen [the things of eternity]; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. ” I have used an extended format of the one-stanza, five-line Japanese tanka to compose this three-stanza poem, and to deliver a timely Pauline message. Let those who have eyes to see, see that which is not seen. 

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Written on February 09, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 09, 2022

Modified on May 01, 2023

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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
    Time is a real mystery
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