What Love in Action is Like

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Love must be sincere.
According to Romans Twelve.
Verses nine to twelve.
Love must despise all hatred.
Honor others above self.

Love must be zealous.
Of spiritual fervor.
Without jealousy.
Joyful in hope — and patient.
Ever faithful in prayer.  

Sharing with others.
Love is not proud or haughty.
Is hospitable.
And is never conceited.
Seeks harmony with others.

Love does what is right.
Is the peacemaker for all.
Is not revengeful.
Overcomes evil with good.
And leaves Justice in God’s hands.

About this poem

In the New Testament book of Romans chapter twelve, the apostle Paul describes what love in action is like, depicting it as Godly ethical responsibility that contrasts with the “deadly sins” of avarice, envy, wrath, dejection, boastfulness, haughtiness, and pride; obstacles that hinder human growth, development, completion, and fulfillment. This 4-stanza Tanka poem is a reporting of that sentiment.

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Written on May 26, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 26, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on May 27, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 501
Words 104
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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  • teril
    This is a lovely picture of the highest sentiment in action. May we all achieve pieces of such a love.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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