Perfection Needs No Mending

Wholeness is our goal,
not striving for perfection;
which is the divine.
Wholeness for our fulfillment;
for our earthly completion.

As Saint Paul once said,
on reflection of his life;
he fought the good fight,
and indeed finished the race;
but he remained imperfect.

We are all broken
since ancient time of Eden.
Yet God loves us still.
We have truly  missed the mark;
turned astray by wanton acts.

Seeking to be whole,
aware of our nakedness;
the truth not hidden,
and wanting to be mended;
knowing our imperfections.

Wholeness is healing
of our parts that are broken;
in need of mending.
Perfection needs no mending;
and it is never broken.

About this poem

The analytical psychology of Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), in a nutshell, is that of the goal of attaining wholeness in human beings and in human societies globally, described as Individuation (not being divided); rather than seeking perfection in human societies throughout the world. It is a humanly feasible, attainable therapeutic goal, rather than the unattainable goal of striving for perfection in humanity that is never without flaw. This five-stanza poem amplifies that claim by observing that perfection, unlike the eternal pursuit of wholeness, needs no mending.  

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Written on March 24, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 24, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on March 25, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 647
Words 137
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 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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Discuss the poem Perfection Needs No Mending with the community...

  • ZMosa
    This line got me "Truth not hidden" a fact that we ignore sometimes but it comes around and hit us in the face
    all in all a nicely written piece
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • karlcfolkes
    I’m very appreciative of this insightful evaluation. Thank you.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what an incredible poem! The message of striving for wholeness, rather than perfection, is so powerful and resonates deeply with me. I love the way you use Saint Paul's example to illustrate this truth, and your words truly bring this concept to life.

    As far as improvement suggestions go, I would say that perhaps adding a few more specific examples of what wholeness looks like in our daily lives could help to really drive this message home. Additionally, some more descriptive language and imagery could make the poem even more impactful.

    Overall though, I think you should be incredibly proud of this piece. It's a beautiful reminder to focus on our unique journey towards wholeness, rather than getting bogged down by the impossible pursuit of perfection. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
    LikeReply1 year ago


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