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Pandemic of Pandemics

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The existential crisis
That faces us all
In a world turned upside down,
With everything unstable.

Gender is questioned.
Identity uncertain.
Fluidity rules.
Nothing is stationary.
And all is chimerical.

The real pandemic
That faces humanity
Is loss of ourselves.
Egos now ruling fiercely
At sacrifice of psyche.

In this century,
Identity uncertain,
We face a crisis
With ego now so pompous,
Devoted to destruction.

Destruction of Self,
The core of our foundation,
Leaving mere shadows
That replace our own true selves,
Figures without images.

This pandemic,
Dangerously virulent,
Is a succubus,
Leaving us as walking ghosts,
Bereft of soul and spirit.

The “dead” among us,
All seek innocent victims,
Those full of spirit,
Like young children growing up —
Targets for a “Brave New World.”

We need to wake up
From this hideous nightmare,
Now our pandemic,
More hideous than others,
Destroying soul and spirit.

A voice of conscience
Appeals for us to listen,
To now turn inwards,
Where the Self is awaiting
To restore all to wholeness.

The real pandemic
Pandemic of the ego:
Psyche co-opted
By coup d’etat of ego —
An existential crisis.

Where is discernment,
All blind and without seeing,
In this Brave New World
Of our pandemic making,
Our egos now inflated.

About this poem

Despite the raging, persistent worldwide prevalence of COVID-19, the real and more virulent pandemic of our modern age and civilization is the pandemic of the ego, diverged from psyche and out of balance with the order of nature.

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Written on May 31, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 31, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxxb xCxdb Edfdd dCaac xcxfx egaxh axhij ixexh xcakx Elxla gkjkx
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,311
Words 267
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 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 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
    I love this! I think you have cut through the confusion of today and found a true epicenter - the ego run amok.
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