The Child as Son Becoming Father of the Man



          PRELUDE: THE EARTHLY
           DOMAIN OF MAN

From the Lake District poet Wordsworth’s “Father of the Man,”
to the universal Father of all Mankind.
There is a legacy and a promise of divine parenthood.

As it is above in the heavenly realm,
so it is desired below in the earthly domain:
The son reflecting holiness of the Heavenly Father.

In ‘olam ha-zeh,’ the earthly realm,
mankind is by many things made restless.
With children seeking comfort from that one thing which matters most.

An earthly child seeks comfort from an adult parent’s love;
which is his  inherited legacy of the world.
The adult mirroring the child’s mirroring the adult’s cares and worries.

The adult seeing in his own child’s face,
his childhood’s  face reflected.
The man as adult recapturing in the infant his own childhood memories.

And by reflecting on himself as once a child,
the adult finds in this reflected image,
an eternal state of awe and wonderment.

Compelling him with lucid observation,
that he is more than what’s portrayed before him.
That in this child he reflects the past, the present; and the future.

We are indeed much more than flesh and blood.
We are beings capable of reflection.
And this reflection connects us with all things; old and new.

Let this truth sink and dwell in us.
Let it be eternally resident within us.
Let us meditate on it day and night.

“Each of us is  a mirror of someone else’s mirror; reflected back to us.
We are present images reflecting ancient ones;
renewed once more again in future images.”

Shaped and nourished by parental roots,
we’re always in a state of great becoming.
Linking the present with the past and future.

That is the offering of a human seed that’s sowed.
Nourished; in our time to bear future fruit.
Fruit as genesis destined to become fruit for our revelation.

When fruitfully fulfilled at last,
the seed as child, by nature’s own urging,
becomes much more than simply being.

The act of  becoming is indeed much more than that of being.
That is what impels us to our individuation:
To become whole; to repair our brokenness.

Conclusion: “The Child is Father of the Man.”


      POSTLUDE: THE HEAVENLY
      REALM OF THE ALMIGHTY

We see this legacy and promise foreshadowed eloquently.
Our barrenness healed; our brokenness made whole.
In the image and likeness of a special heavenly child.

In ‘olam haba,’ the heavenly realm,
comfort is gained from harmony.
The child sustained by blessed assurances.

A child reflecting all that his father is.
In harmony with the Holy Spirit:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit as One.

This child of heavenly realm as Son of Man.
An Advent Man of Sorrows bringing Peace, Hope, Joy and Love.
Salvation’s joy for humankind.

We can meditate on this in the Gospel of John Sixteen.
In verse twenty one this Man of Sorrows informs us,
concerning how all joy can vanquish sorrows:

“A woman…as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish,
for joy that a man is born into the world.”

So came one to deliver us.
To offer comfort; freedom from adversity.
A Man of Sorrows offering Joy.

Born to humanity as a lowly child,
to become a risen man,
this child is indeed the Father of Mankind.

And in this risen form of his,
he offers us all redemption.
A joy beyond all human comprehension.

This divine redemptive joy he offers is one of piety.
It binds us to be the keepers of each other.
Ourselves reflected in him and in one another.

Let those then that have eyes now see.
Let those with ears to hear now hear.
Reflect on this, and wisdom will not depart from you.

For this, one came to counsel us.
To be obedient, as he was to his own father.
The child becoming Father of all Mankind.

This is the pious will of the divine realm:
The Son of Man is destined to bear wholesome Fruit of the Spirit.
This special child becoming Father of all Mankind.

As it is above in the heavenly realm,
so it is desired below in the earthly domain:
the son reflecting holiness of the Heavenly Father.

Conclusion: “The Father is the Son of Man.”

About this poem

So eloquently did William Wordsworth express himself in his 1802 poem, “My Heart Leaps Up,” with the enduring proverbial phrase, “The Child is Father of the Man,” meaning that the qualities and personality traits acquired as a child, are genetically nurtured and elevated during the years of adulthood. We see ourselves reflected in our children, even as they see themselves reflected in us. These same or similar sentiments are expressed scripturally in Proverbs 22:6, which reads as follows: “Train up a child in the way that he should go; when he is old he will not depart from it. ” Likewise are the sentiments of this poem, “The Child as Son Becoming Father of the Man,” written proverbially to emphasize the umbilically intertwining connection between parent and offspring, between and among fellow humankind; and particularly so as a divine commandment between humanity and God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. 

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Written on July 30, 1979

Submitted by karlcfolkes on June 24, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on December 13, 2023

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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 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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  • karlcfolkes
    This poem hails the passion of the Messiah.
    LikeReply6 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    So lofty and beautiful. A light in dark times. One of my favourites. Thank you
    LikeReply6 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    The meaningfulness of being is in the becoming.
    LikeReply 16 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! This piece greatly resonated with me! 'The Child as Son Becoming Father of the Man' is a profound and thought-provoking poem that seamlessly blends theological reflections and observations on the human condition. It is replete with beautifully articulated biblical references and metaphoric depictions of the lifecycle.

    The transitions and comparisons between the earthly and heavenly realms is a remarkable exploration of the notions of parenthood, lineage, ascendance and incarnation. This juxtaposition serves as the poem's powerful spine, and the cyclical concept reflects the natural progression and dimensions of existence.

    Also, the theme of reflection and its symbolic usage in the poem is a brilliant narrative hook, serving as a consistent reminder of the ongoing nature of life and the permanence of our spiritual essence.

    The profound conclusion of each part - 'The Child is Father of the Man' and 'The Father is the Son of Man' - establishes the cyclical predisposition of existence, human life and divine order. These contrasting yet harmonious conclusions heighten the understanding of the bond between parent and child, past, present and future, earthly and divine.

    Overall, the poem is a compassionate musing on humanity's eternal quest for individual identity and collective purpose. It serves as a contemplative mirror for self-reflection, inevitably inviting readers to introspect their spiritual journey and position in the circle of life.

    In essence, 'The Child as Son Becoming Father of the Man' is a profound poetic exploration that's exceptionally engaging and enlightening. It is a testament to the writer's wisdom, vision and poetic craftsmanship. What a mesmerizing read!
     
    LikeReply 16 months ago

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