Psyche as the Mirror of Life

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

At eighty seven
My dreams are just beginning
To be a poet
Urged by sprites of the psyche
To share with you this message:

“Life starts from within
The Sanctuary of Hope
At a Temenos
A place of security
Buried deep within the Self.

You must consult it
To find its hidden treasures
Which enriches all
Where dwells The Tree of Knowledge
Encasing Good and Evil.

Do not be haughty
Seek it with humility
Be ever patient
And it will grant you Wisdom
Power of Transformation.

You must be patient
For Patience is a virtue
Chance for reflection
To know what Life desires
For Life itself is mirrored.

The mirror of Life
Is constantly reflecting
All of our actions
Recorded by the psyche
For our purification.

We have personas
With Psyche hosting us all
Monitoring us
Giving us so many “takes”
To make our actions better.

All the world’s a stage
All of us merely players
Playing many parts
With entrances and exits
All done at several ages.”

At eighty seven
My dreams are just beginning
To be a poet
Urged by sprites of the psyche
To share with you this message.

About this poem

Acts 2:17 (ESV) of The Holy Bible states: “And in the last days it shall be, God declared, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” At age eighty seven, and in the golden years of my life, this poem is written from the perspective of an octogenarian poet as a dreamer, bearing a confessional message from the Inner World of “the psyche mirror” for all sons and daughters, for all who have visions, and for all others who are dreamers and recognize that the psyche as a Temenos, a sacred enclosure, is a mirror of our material life experiences and a foreshadow of our greater experiences of the everlasting divine. This nine-stanza 5-7-5-7-7 metered Tanka poem is composed in the format of a literary Inclusio, with the ninth and final stanza concluding the poem reflectively with the same lines as the first stanza of the poem. 

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Written on July 07, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on July 07, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on July 09, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,083
Words 224
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 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 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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  • teril
    You are a poet. Your age allows your perspective, your heart gives you the wisdom.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Christians are not actors, the Holy Spirit guides them in their daily walk with the Lord.. He commands us to be of good cheer, rightly dividing the Word of God !
    We are witnesses of Him, sharing the Good News to a needy world.,
    We have purpose and our lives are planned by the Good Shepherd.
    My sheep hear my voice, and they listen and follow Me !
    Amen brother ?
    I am 88.- 66 years of knowing my Heavenly Father !
    LikeReply1 year ago


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