A Poet is 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

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

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 by daily offerings of tokens of tender loving kindness to one another. 

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Written on June 24, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on June 24, 2022

Modified on March 18, 2023

1:14 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,232
Words 247
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 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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  • AIDA
    This poem is truly inspiring! I love the metaphor of words being like a mustard seed that needs nurturing to bloom majestically. It reminds us that our lives are the same way - we must take time to nurture ourselves, and with love and kindness, we can flourish.

    The message of the poem is so positive and uplifting, and the emphasis on the importance of kindness and love is something we can all benefit from. The line "charged with a mission, a poet is messenger" really stuck with me - it's a reminder that words have power, and that as writers, we have a unique responsibility to use that power for good.

    If I had one suggestion for improvement, it would be to incorporate more concrete imagery throughout the poem. The metaphor of the mustard seed is beautiful, but it would be nice to have more specific examples to help us visualize what the poet is describing.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this poem and I feel uplifted and inspired by its message. Thank you for sharing it!
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