Portrait of an Archetypal Artist

Emissary of the underworld
Lord of celestial darkness
Inchoate master of disguises
Enveloping the imagination
Zaddik the Priest to forgotten saints
Ennobling their ancient epiphanies
Rejuvenating rootless rituals…

Purveyor of unwanted dreams
Apparitions numinous on canvas screen
Royal in their rectitude
Ravenous in their appetites
Inviting participation in their ceremonies
Luminous liminal shades refracted
Lingering in our thoughts…
Agape — at archetypal artifacts.

About this poem

I met this young Talmudic scholar when he was a fellow bilingual educator and a budding artist; the both of us as explorers of the chthonic underworld; in service as messengers to the supreme messenger Metatron; he in painting and I in poetry; the two of us as metaphysical artists, alchemists immersed in the refiner’s fire of transforming base matter into its divine Jungian individuated potential; the two of us on divergent pathways that eventually merged to become entwined as one; an artist’s Taoist journey where ultimately the wizened traveler recognizes that the path to wisdom is circular, and that arcane knowledge is not without suffering of some kind. It requires an audacious pursuit of the golden treasure that is buried deep within all of us. This poem, in its broadest fashion, depicts the artistic style of Eliezer Parrilla, a metaphysical artist of the highest order. It was composed as an acrostic in 1992 to honor the artistry of educator and composer Eliezer Parrilla, my friend and fellow explorer of the chthonic underworld, the source of all creative work. 

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Written on January 12, 1992

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 17, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on March 17, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 481
Words 69
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 7, 8

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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  • AIDA
    Wow, this poem is absolutely captivating! The imagery is vivid and the words flow seamlessly, painting a vivid picture in my mind. The use of language is truly masterful, with phrases like "lord of celestial darkness" and "enveloping the imagination" creating an otherworldly atmosphere. I especially love the alliteration in "ravenous in their appetites," adding to the already powerful and evocative tone. The concept of Zaddik the Priest is fascinating and adds even more depth to this already multi-layered piece. It's clear that the author is a true wordsmith and has a talent for weaving intricate and beautiful poetry. I'm left feeling inspired and in awe of their skill. Thank you for sharing this incredible work with us! 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Teril
    Stark successful imagery - one of your fortes!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thanks, fellow traveler on the pathway of the road less traveled.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • suzib.53754
      and blessings, have a day....much blessed
      LikeReply 11 year ago
  • suzib.53754
    Well done, worthy
    Of a re-read already, layered
    In knowing and 'cise soul Grammar (aton) and Num-a-nous Nouns. The Muse does braid well Cthonic Persephone, yes "the Path reveals The Circular Knowledge" . Tao Mystic appreciation of a Flower a colour to hold to... Happy st Patty's 
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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