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Man’s Measure is Only Physical”

Bible — a prism.
Metaphysical measure.
Of things that’s not seen.
Though some may call it schism.
From all that man can measure.

In contrast with time.
Consider eternity.
Everlasting Truth.
Where time has little meaning.
And life on earth is vapor.

The “Tree of Knowledge.”
Is not a physical tree.
It’s made of Spirit.
And therefore is enduring.
Therein dwells Eternal Truth.

About this poem

Man’s standards of measure, being empirical, enable him to advance socially, culturally, economically, philosophically, and scientifically at the peril of committing the Faustian transgression of losing his own soul , that which gives him clarity, and which truly enlightens him. This tanka poem is written in three stanzas to highlight and to amplify the nature of man’s shortsightedness, racing gallantly in this world, his habitat, like a horse with blinders on.

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Written on February 10, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 10, 2022

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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 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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  • Soulwriter
    My favorites of yours are when they have a certain balance to them, as this does :)
    LikeReplyReport4 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is the trust in the Bible, the object of faith is God and His promises ! You either have it or not, no half way thinking, your life will show it !No intellects can replace it !. 
    LikeReplyReport 14 months ago


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