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The Two Travelers’ Musings

The two travelers.
In dialectical chat.
Ego and Psyche.
Ego as the extravert.
With animated speeches.

The two travelers.
Forever tied together.
Ego and Psyche.
Psyche as the introvert.
Courting her partner, Ego.

The two travelers.
Ever the two as partners.
Ego and Psyche.
Each warring with the other.
Espousing who is master.

The two travelers.
Like Jacob and like Esau.
Tied to the hipbone.
Competing for their birthrights.
That — requires sacrifice.

The two travelers.
In greatest competition.
One will be victor.
Ego claiming — all matter.
And Psycheknowing better.

Travelers musing.
Ego with selfish motives.
Inconsiderate —
Ignoring Psyche’s courting.
As weakness — unbefitting.

Travelers jousting.
Psyche with shining armor.
Dazzling her rival.
Ego as knight — defeated.
Fallen in battle — wounded.

But in his demise.
In psychic confrontation.
What is sacrificed.
Can yet find resurrection.
Ego — now courting Psyche.

About this poem

To Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, the ego is the center of the field of consciousness, the place where our conscious awareness resides, and is merely a part of the psyche that Jung describes as the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious. The psyche is therefore a self-regulatory system beyond the processes of ego’s musings and the conscious brain. Thus, the ego in chivalrous battle with the psyche, can be regarded symbolically as an image of the ‘part,’ as reflected in the realization of one’s Personal Conscious engaged in psychological battle with the ‘whole,’ or greater unrecognized and more complete self of the human personality, as represented putatively and hypothetically by the Collective Unconscious. This poem, “The Two Travelers’ Musings,” depicts the eternal dialectical engagement of the ego with the psyche towards the teleological objective of Individuation, or psychological healing and wholeness. 

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Written on 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 01, 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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  • teril
    This is good - portrayal of a real state of affairs.
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