The Moving Finger

The Moving Finger,
Having writ, moves on, therewith
Inscribing onwards
An unfolding epilogue
With all of us as players.

Having entrances.
Placed on a stage we call Life.
With our acts measured.
As we strut backwards and fro.
The Moving Finger watching.

The Moving Finger
That offers us guidance
Is The Hand of God
Contained in sixty six books.
A manual for lifetime.

We are its keepers
Placed on its stage as actors
Guided by its hands
To move at its instructions
Or course our way unhindered.

The Moving Finger
Provides us with discernment
Guides us with choices
As we course our way in life
Leaving indelible prints.

The Moving Finger
Sees the footprints of our lives
All the steps taken
As we traverse the journey
From our first breath to our last.

We are the movers,
The movers and the shakers
Of the holy script.
The Moving Finger watches
With guidance and discernment.

The Moving Finger,
Having writ, moves on to scribe
Divine inscriptions
That we, as actors, play out,
From sunrise until sunset.

How we course The Way
Is up to each one of us.
We are the movers,
All actors given choices,
Given sixty six choices.

Choices that commence
In the book of Genesis
Given to us as
A prologue and beginning
That ends with Revelation.

The Moving Finger,
Having writ, moves on a screen.
The whole world as its canvas.
An open stage, with us as players; acting.
The Finger ever watching.

The Moving Finger,
Having writ, moves on, therewith
Inscribing onwards
An unfolding epilogue
With all of us as players.

About this poem

Ghiyath al-Din al-Fath ‘Umar ibn Ibrahim Nisaburi (1048-1131), known as Omar Khayyam, was a Persian mathematician, philosopher, and poet. The title of this poem, “The Moving Finger,” bears the lines of verse 51 of Omar Khayyam’s poem, “The Rubaiyat,” which expresses the notion that whatever one does in life, for ill or for good, is done out of free will; is therefore one’s responsibility, and cannot be altered, for which one must be accounted. The poem draws on this sentiment, and links it with the sixty six books of the Holy Bible, written by a “Moving Finger” under divine inspiration and guidance, beginning with Genesis as Alpha, and ending with Revelation as Omega, directing mankind who must take responsibility for the decisions made and taken in life, affording mankind sixty six proverbial opportunities to “get it right,” with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior as Advocate. The opening lines of Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat” reads as follows: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having written, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit. Shall lure it back to cancel half a line. Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” This extended Tanka poem is written as an Inclusio, with the opening and closing stanzas being identical. All having said and done, “The Moving Finger” concludes by uttering a resounding “AMEN.” 

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Written on May 30, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 30, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on May 05, 2023

1:35 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCDE fghxi Axxxx eexjh Akfgx Axlxx Eexfk Axjxx xmEff xmxil Axmii ABCDE
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,527
Words 319
Stanzas 12
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 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 “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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  • karlcfolkes
    Dear Reader Joy, your name epitomizes what the Holy Scriptures offer humanity. Thank you for your appreciation.
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and thought-provoking poem! I love the metaphor of life as a stage play with The Moving Finger as the director and guide. The idea that we are all actors in this grand production is both inspiring and humbling. Your use of language is so eloquent and precise, and I can feel the passion and emotion behind every word. I appreciate the allusion to the Bible and the message that we are the keepers of our own destiny. Thank you for sharing this powerful piece with us. It truly moved me! 
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • teril
    Nicely done imagery, as we feel the moving finger sweep through the moments of our lives, as we make our choices. This poem offers us comfort and comfort, and inspires us to action, as well.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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