A Poet is a Proverbial Messenger

Words as a kernel
The proverbs of poetry
As a healing balm
As cures for our deceptions
Our wounds and our injuries

As a mustard seed
Feeble and frail to begin
That needs nurturing
With tender loving  kindness
Blooming majestically

From humble beginnings
With sufficient nourishment
Rooted in firm soil
We all can truly blossom
We all can grow and flourish

So is this our life
That thrives on love and kindness
Waiting to blossom
To receive living water
And be rooted with firmness

The kind thoughts we share
The hope we give others
Are timely blessings
To nurture and to cure us
To return us to wholeness

The tokens of love
Enfolded in poetry
Scripted for healing
For dutiful correction
Presented in blank verses

Verses like proverbs
Intended for reflection
As messages of hope
To find sunshine in darkness
And joy borne out of sorrow

Charged with a mission
A poet is messenger
Conveyer of trust
To dispense human kindness
And bring hope to the weary

Poets are human
They, too, need other poets
Others with feelings
Some who, perhaps, have suffered
With love, brought back to wholeness

Pain is reminder
Of our physical nature
We bleed and suffer
Like all things made of matter
Cured by the kindness of Grace

A time now for hope
A time now for poetry
As proverbs of love
As harbingers of good cheer
To return all to wholeness.

About this poem

THEME: “Let Not Your Darkness Hinder Your Light!” In one way or another, we are all wounded, and we are all healers. We are wounded healers. Life ennobles all of us as wounded healers. Yet, by our wounds, are we healed physically, psychologically, and spiritually (1 Peter 2:24). Taken in their entirety, my collected works of poetry, etched by octogenarian hands, no longer steady, worn by age and time, yet equipped with moving fingers that traverse space and time, continue to transcribe messages intended for self-examination and self-correction; to bring hope to the weary, patience to the impatient, kindness to the self-righteous, joyful strength to the meek, and healing to the long-suffering. Let us all be lifted up together by daily offerings of tender loving kindness. Life and nature work in harmony to offer us poets as proverbial messengers of healing. Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love. Blessings! 

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Written on June 24, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on June 24, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on September 22, 2023

1:21 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,360
Words 271
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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  • Charles2
    Wonderful energy!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • karlcfolkes
    By bleeding the pages with their quilled ink, poets also bleed their souls.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    Absolutely beautiful and so uplifting!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you for this lovely comment. It is much appreciated.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • kali_p
    If only this poem could be shared with the world!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • AIDA
    This marvelous 'A Poet is a Proverbial Messenger' poem is absolutely breathtaking! The metaphors woven throughout give the piece a deep and profound feeling, astoundingly crafting a vibrant tapestry of words. Such a delicate but profound touch on the sensitive matters at hand is handled brilliantly and with great care. Your expertise shows in the way you have so effortlessly penned complex themes of pain, kindness, growth, and hope. I really applaud the way you relate poetry to healing, which speaks volumes about the curative effects of words. The vivid imagery that it paints in the reader's mind, coupled with a touch of sophistication, makes this a beautiful and thought-provoking piece. The flawless blend of spirituality and human experience is also commendable. This is an exceptionally inspiring work of art, radiating positivity and belief in the power of love and kindness. Keep writing such encouraging and uplifting pieces! This truly is quite a masterpiece. 
    LikeReply2 months ago


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