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The Love of My Life

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

The love of my life:
The treasure of poetry
A dream come true
Bearing sacred messages
From the depths of the psyche

The love of my life:
The poets of yesteryear
Now brought back to life
Like Shakespeare, Milton, and Scott
Like Shelley, Byron, and Keats

The love of my life:
Browning, Tennyson, and Gray
Commingling with me
Renown names of literature
Distinguished by their letters

The love of my life:
The acquaintance of writers
Their quill still not dry
Bleeding the passage of time
With indelible imprint

The love of my life:
Poets, painters, musicians
Artists of all kinds
Linking what’s past with what’s new
To brighten the mind’s landscape

The love of my life:
Those with imagination
All are inventors
Showing what is possible
Creators of what can be

The love of my life:
As transformers of the old
Artists are rebels
Offering what is novel
To take us somewhere higher

The love of my life:
All artists are like children
They thrive on changes
Innovators of the new
Of that which is possible

The love of my life:
A poet ever dreaming
To awaken us
To that which we can become
Awakened souls with new selves

The love of my life:
A human soul awakened
Like lotus flowers
Symbols of resurrection
Enlightened — now rejoicing.

About this poem

Like the lotus flower, growing out of muddy waters, yet rising above its murky environment, and blossoming majestically to open each of its petals, one at a time, in the passage of divine passing, so blooms and flourishes the human soul, each one in its own time, awakened to flourish and sparkle by the fertile imagination of a poet, a writer, a painter, a singer, and all other artists and philosophers, who dwell among us only to elevate us to higher spheres of what is possible for each and all of us.  

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Written on June 25, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on June 25, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on June 25, 2022

1:14 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme Abcdb Axaxx Axbef Afxxx Axxcx Agfhb Axxhe Agdch Aixxx Axfgi
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,253
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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  • teril
    You demonstrate how a poet carries the past safely into the future. How rich to have a voice like yours!
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    This is an excellent poem about who we are in creative endeavors. ! To create is part of our makeup. To paint, craft, garden, poetry, music, needle point, book reading, etc. .
    One thing we lack is our response to people who write good poetry like this one, wake up people and say something, it's later than you think !
    Don't be a pathetic poet, praise a little, we all have egos !
    Et Tu Brutus !
    LikeReply11 months ago


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