The Archetype of Oneness

All linguistic roots.
At their very deepest levels.
Are with one syntax.
As Subjects that have Objects.
With God as Grammarian.

The syntax of God.
The Universal.
Is a syntax of Oneness.
In Him, with Him, and through Him.
The archetype of Oneness.

All linguistic roots.
Reveal Singularity.
The Source is Oneness.
Grammar articulated.
Past, Present, and the Future.

From Oneness comes All.
Let this Truth be so revealed.
God’s incantation.
Out of Many comes the One.
The Alpha and Omega.

All linguistic roots.
All grammars known to mankind.
From the dawn of time.
Syntax surfaced differently.
Have semantic unity.

Scripted as divine.
A Universal Grammar.
Uniting mankind.
Found in The Tree of Knowledge.
With postulated Wisdom.

Wisdom not divined.
May seem as nonsensical.
Beyond five senses.
Its syntax clearly stated.
But meaning misunderstood.

About this poem

Constructed at approximately 3:15 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Passion Sunday, April 3, 2022, this poem, “The Archetype of Oneness,” awakened from a deep silent sleep that compelled me to write, driven by an energy that guided my pen hand to bleed the pages of white sheet with ink. And in the moment of composing, a thought came to me from graduate classes of linguistic lessons I had taken during the 1970s, and in which I recall that the eminent linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky, had once articulated, in an effort to distinguish syntactics from semantics, the following sentence, suggesting it to be syntactical, but nonsensical, not semantic: “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. ” Chomsky, a linguistic specialist, argued that his sample sentence was certainly syntactic, but defied, even contradicted the logic and rationalism of ordinary meaning, and was therefore not semantic. On its surface, the Chomsky specimen sentence appears to make little or no sense, as Chomsky declared. That is certainly the case, if we take the “meaning” of the sentence at literal face value. However, considered allegorically, metaphorically, or poetically, this specimen sentence can be found to be rich with metacognitive meaning. In the context of dream imagery and the imagery of the collective unconscious, the sentence can be determined to be rich with its own special syntax and its special meaning. I offer one such meaning as an elaborated paraphrase of Chomsky’s classical and scholarly sentence. It reads as follows: “In the depths of the collective unconscious, creative ideas not yet brought to human consciousness [“Colorless green ideas”] are ever restlessly being conceived [“sleep furiously”], before they become manifest to mankind.” I argue here that the innermost latent depth of the collective unconscious (where colorless green but fertile ideas of the underworld reside) is the habitat (the “furious”sleeping realm) of all creation, having a semantic import of its own logic and design, whose offerings are brought to us in our waking moments, and superimposed with our own syntax and our own meaning as manifestos of assertions as with new understanding. The eminent psychiatrist Sigmund Freud was innately aware of the distinction of the two realms of consciousness, naming one the realm of the latent (the realm of the unconscious), and the other, the realm of the manifest (our conscious realm). Not generally understanding the singularity of the realm of the collective unconscious as the numinous chthonic source of all human knowledge, we superimpose upon it the experiences and cornucopia of meaning that we construct daily in our conscious realm. Despite our eloquence and fluency in our own realms, we remain ever ignorant of the wisdom of the realm of the collective unconscious; the realm and residence of the archetype of Oneness. 

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Written on April 03, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 03, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Axxxb cdexe Acefg xxbbx Ahxii bghxx cdxfx
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 852
Words 174
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 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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