Treat Others As Your Equal

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

The gift we call Life.
Is given us as a loan.
For us to use with Wisdom.
Given with interest.
To thereby gain some profit.

To spend it wisely.
Will garner you much Wisdom.
Earned by your patience.
To waste it with distemper.
Brings, in the end, disaster.

Life offers counsel.
This then, must be your charge, friend:
Do not be haughty.
Do not be vainglorious.
Before your loan is returned.

Life comes as a loan.
With a promissory note:
To love your neighbor.
Even as you love your God.
With that, is your recompense.

About this poem

Once asked, What is the greatest commandment, the Greatest Master of Life responded: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, and with all your soul. And the second is like unto it. To love your neighbor as yourself.” This metaphysical, this alchemical response, when fully grasped, is a solicitous invitation for us as Homo Sapiens, all “made in the image of God,” to recognize and appreciate with gratitude that the Gift of Life is a divine Love Offering granted equally to all of us as a compassionate loan, while we live and breathe, and have our being; and which each of us, in recompense, must preserve, treasure, and apply compassionately and, even more importantly, which we are asked to build upon and share with compassionate love before, towards the end of our days, it is returned in manifold proportions to its divine realm. Life, as a gift, is a divine loan that is offered humanity with a promissory note of fellowship, in unity with our Divine Maker. 

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Written on April 21, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 21, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on February 20, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
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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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